Voting safely: Coronavirus information

A range of measures are being put in place to minimise the risk of COVID-19 at the elections on 6 May.

We have worked with the Electoral Commission and Public Health experts in order to make polling stations as secure as possible, and the elections are being delivered in accordance with the Government’s Polls Delivery Plan.

Voting by post or proxy

If you do not wish to visit a polling station, you can always apply to vote by post or proxy. Learn more about voting by post or proxy.

Measures being taken at polling stations

Polling stations will be designed to maximise physical distancing and minimise the risk of infection.

The measures being taken are that:

  • everyone inside a polling station, including our staff, will be required to wear a face mask unless they are exempt
  • signs will be put in place to remind anyone entering the polling station that they should only do so if well and free of coronavirus symptoms
  • one-way systems will be in place where possible, and floor markings will be used to help with social distancing
  • perspex screens will be put in place between polling station staff and voters
  • hand sanitiser will be made available on entry and exit to the polling station
  • voting booths will be cleaned regularly throughout the day
  • voters will be encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil, but polling station staff will also make pencils available and clean them between each use

Help us minimise risk

We ask that you help us on Polling Day by:

  • wearing a face mask in the polling station at all times – you will be asked to do so
  • respecting the physical distancing measures in place
  • using the hand sanitiser provided on the way in and out
  • staying in the polling station for as short a period as possible and avoiding chatting to staff or fellow voters
  • bringing your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot paper if you can
  • trying not to bring children with you unless it is unavoidable
Why information is on a different website
We are in the process of adding information to this new unitary council website. Some pages will give you a link back to a previous council website to help you find what you need. Read more about the changes.