Dorset Council says polling stations will be safe in May

polling stations safetyDORSET Council has assured voters that polling stations will be safe for elections this May. 

Residents are set to go to the polls on Thursday, May 6 to elect a Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, as well as several town/parish council by-elections, which may include one in Lyme Regis after Leon Howe was removed from the town council.

Referendums on Neighbourhood Plans are also planned for some Dorset towns and villages.

While the elections are a few months away, doubt has already been cast over whether they will still go ahead across the country due to the ongoing pandemic, but Dorset Council says it is making plans to help voters stay safe while casting their vote.

There are a number of ways to have your say in the elections and referendums – you can vote at a polling station in May, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.  You can download an application form to vote by post or proxy from the Electoral Commission website.

Jonathan Mair, Corporate Director – Legal & Democratic at Dorset Council, said: “We’re thinking about these elections now so that, however you choose to cast your vote, you can do so safely.

“We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks. But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy.

“Legislation is in place for the elections to go ahead this May, and we will continue to work closely with the Electoral Commission to ensure everyone will be able to cast their vote safely and securely, in a way that suits them. This is being kept under review and any changes will be publicised.”

See the polls scheduled for May 2021 at www.dorsetcouncil.gov.uk/elections. The page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Dorset residents who have questions can also contact elections@dorsetcouncil.gov.uk.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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