On Thursday 6 May residents in Hart will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at local elections.
There will be a range of different elections held on the day, including Hart District Council, Hampshire County Council, the Police and Crime Commissioner, some Town and Parish Councils, and Neighbourhood Planning Referendums in Crondall Parish and Crookham Village Parish.
To vote residents must be on the electoral register. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Voting by post
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. Once you have received your postal vote, did you know that you can use one of Royal Mail's priority postboxes to send it back in? Here you can find your nearest priority postbox.
Voting at a Polling Station
For those who choose to vote in person, arrangements will be in place to help ensure polling stations are COVID-19 safe. Many of the measures will be familiar to voters, as they have been in place for some months in shops and banks, such as social distancing, use of hand sanitiser and face coverings (unless exempt). Voters can bring their own pencil or pen.
Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.
Voting by Proxy (appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf)
The deadline for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April.
Daryl Phillips, Electoral Registration Officer at Hart District Council, said: “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May, and we are putting measures in place to help you cast your vote safely. You can vote either vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy. However you choose to vote, you must be registered in order to have your say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”
Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: “The choice on how to vote at the elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy. If you’re voting in person, help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures that will be in place at the polling station.
“If you decide to vote by post, don’t wait until the deadline to apply. Sending your application now will make sure it is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the election are confirmed. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.”
For more information visit our elections webpage.