Voting safely at this year’s Police & Crime Commissioner election

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Nottingham are scheduled to go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at the Police and Crime Commissioner election.

While election is not until May, we’re already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote. 

There are a number of ways to have your say in the election in May – 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.

Melbourne Barrett, Chief Executive and Returning Officer at Nottingham City Council, said: “The Police and Crime Commissioner election is an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on important issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Nottingham.

“We’re planning for the election 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. But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy.”

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 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 Police and Crime Commissioner Election 6th May 2021 – Nottingham City Council to find out more about the election. The page will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Any residents who have questions can also contact the City Council’s Elections team by phone on 0115 876 4111 or email elections@nottinghamcity.gov.uk

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