Get ready to vote in forthcoming elections

Poll cards for the forthcoming elections have begun landing on residents' doormats.

Elections

Voters will be taking to the polls on Thursday, 6 May, to elect the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Mayor, Cambridgeshire County Council members and vote in five local by-elections to fill vacant parish, town and district council seats.

Electors can cast their vote in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote.

Polling stations will be open on polling day and Fenland District Council's elections team is working hard to ensure they operate in a Covid secure way.

Electors will be asked to wear face coverings, unless exempt, sanitise their hands on entry, follow a one-way system, maintain social distancing and bring their own pen or pencil to cast their vote, although new pencils will be available if needed. There will also be regular cleaning and queuing systems to control the number of people inside.

Residents who would rather vote by post are being encouraged to apply now, with the deadline for applications at 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April.

Applications for proxy votes must be made by 5pm on Tuesday, 27 April. If something happens after the deadline which prevents you from attending the polling station on polling day - including having to self-isolate due to Covid-19 - you can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on 6 May itself.

Poll cards are now being sent to all registered voters in the district. White poll cards will include details of the voter's polling station and polling times, while pink poll cards are being sent to those who vote by post.

Although you don't need to take your poll card with you to vote, residents are being urged to check the details carefully - especially as their polling station may have changed since the last elections.

Anyone who doesn't receive a poll card should make sure they are registered to vote. If you have recently moved home, turned 18 or changed your name it's particularly important to ensure you are registered.

It is quick and easy to register online here. The deadline for voter registration for the upcoming elections is midnight on Monday, 19 April.

A Fenland District Council spokesperson said: "Elections are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a democratic say on who represents you on local issues, but you must be registered by 19 April to be able to vote.

"Polling stations will be Covid secure and extra staff will be on hand to ensure safety measures are adhered to. But if people would rather not vote in person, we would urge them to apply for a post or proxy vote as soon as possible."

Anyone wanting to check if they are registered to vote can contact Fenland District Council's elections team on 01354 654321 or email elections@fenland.gov.uk

For more information, visit our Elections page.

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