Voting safely at next year’s elections

Wording: How will you vote in the elections in May? In person, by post, by proxy

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents across Lichfield district will go to the polls to have their say on who is the next Police, Fire & Crime Commissioner and who represents them at Staffordshire County Council.

The Burntwood Neighbourhood Plan referendum, a by-election for the district ward of Summerfield & All Saints, and a by-election for the city ward of Stowe, which were delayed due to Covid-19, will also take place.

While the elections are not until May, Lichfield District Council is already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote. 

There are a number of ways to have your say on Election Day: you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

Diane Tilley, Electoral Registration Officer for Lichfield district, said:

“The elections next year are very important. They are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Lichfield district.

“We’re thinking about these elections now so that, however you choose to cast your vote in May, 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, to feature depending on the covid situation nearer the time.

“However, you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy. Voting by post means you don’t have to worry about getting to a polling station on the day.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said:

“The choice on how to vote at next May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.

“If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly.” 

If you are already registered at your current address, but want to vote by post, you can find out how to register for a postal vote.

To have your say at these elections, you need to be registered to vote. If you haven’t done so already, the easiest way to do so is online.

Published: 26 November 2020