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Advice for clinically extremely vulnerable people on voting in May elections

Release date: 
Monday, 15 March, 2021

On Thursday 6th May voters across the borough of Burnley will go to the polls for the borough, county council and Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner elections.

These elections will take place at a time when Covid-19 continues to present risks to public health.

If you have been identified as being clinically extremely vulnerable, and therefore advised to take precautionary shielding measures, you can be certain that voting will be safe and Covid secure.

The safest way to vote and have your voice heard is by post. 

Voting by post:

If you want to vote by post, please apply now. This will help us to send you your postal vote more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

You can request a postal vote application form by emailing democracy@burnley.gov.uk  or call 01282 477261/477263 and we will send one out to you as soon as possible.  The deadline for receipt of postal vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday 20th April.

If you register to vote by post, we will send you the postal voting pack which will include your ballot papers and instructions for how to complete and return your vote.

Voting in person:

Polling stations will be open on 6th May 7am – 10pm and will have safety measures in place. If voting in person, you are encouraged to keep yourself and others safe at the polling station by:

  • Wearing a face covering
  • Bringing your own pen or pencil (although individual pencils will also be available at the polling station)
  • Cleaning your hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • Keeping a safe distance from others

Extra safety measures such as protective screen, sanitising stations and signage will also be in place.

Proxy voting:

If you aren’t able to vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy.

They can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.

To apply for a proxy vote, complete the form to vote by proxy, explaining why you can't get to your polling station in person. Once you have completed the form and signed it, send it to the elections team at Burnley Town Hall, Manchester Road, Burnley.

Applications to vote by proxy must reach the elections team by 5pm Tuesday 27th April.

Further information, and the necessary forms, can be found on the website of the Electoral Commission

In order to vote – whether at a polling station, by post, or by proxy – you must first be registered to vote. You can do this online in just 5 minutes here 

 

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