Voting Safely at Next Year’s Elections

 

READING residents are being reminded that they have a number of options open to them to cast their votes at next year’s Council and Police and Crime Commissioner Elections.

While both elections are not until May next year, Reading Borough Council’s election team is already making early plans to help keep people safe while they cast their votes.

As usual, people have a number of ways they can cast their votes. They can either vote in person at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone they trust to vote on their behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

Christopher Brooks, Electoral Registration Officer for Reading Borough Council, said:

“As always, the elections on May 6th  are very important – an opportunity for local people to make their voices heard on who represents them on the issues which affect day-to-day life here in Reading.

“While there are still a few months away we are thinking about those elections now so that, however people choose to cast their votes in May, they can do it safely. We’re putting arrangements in place to help residents stay safe at the polling station. Local people can expect many of the measures they’ve become accustomed to in shops over recent months, like hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks, for example.

“I’d also remind residents they have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy. While none of us know exactly what the position will be in May next year, its important people start to think about the options that are open to them, rather than leave it until the Absent Vote deadline of Tuesday 20th April 2020 at 5.00pm. People who want to apply to vote by post or by proxy can request an application to be sent directly to them now by contacting the Electoral Services Team in Reading.”

To contact the Electoral Services Team people can email elections@reading.gov.uk or phone 0118 937 3717.

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. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

“You need to be registered to vote by Monday 19th April 2020 in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. “

Residents can visit the FAQ page on the website at https://www.reading.gov.uk/council/democracy/elections-and-voting/2021-local-borough-elections-and-police-and-crime-commissioner-elections/ to find out more about the elections on 6 May 2021. The page will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Any residents who have questions can also contact their local elections team at elections@reading.gov.uk

Notes To Editor:

The Electoral Commission is the independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK. We work to promote public confidence in the democratic process and ensure its integrity by:

  • enabling the delivery of free and fair elections and referendums, focusing on the needs of electors and addressing the changing environment to ensure every vote remains secure and accessible
  • regulating political finance – taking proactive steps to increase transparency, ensure compliance and pursue breaches
  • using its expertise to make and advocate for changes to our democracy, aiming to improve fairness, transparency and efficiency
  • For further information on elections in their area, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, voters can visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter. This page will continue to be updated ahead of the polls.

The Commission was set up in 2000 and reports to the UK, Scottish and Welsh Parliaments.

Elections taking place in England, Scotland and Wales on 6 May 2021:

Senedd Cymru / Welsh Parliamentary
Scottish Parliamentary
English local government elections (includes polls postponed from May 2020), including elections to county, district and parish councils
Police and Crime Commissioners (polls postponed from May 2020)
Combined Authority Mayoral (includes polls postponed from May 2020)
Local Mayoral (includes polls postponed from May 2020)
Mayor of London and London Assembly (polls postponed from May 2020)

Oscar Mortali

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