UPDATED ON 13th APRIL
Don't forget that if you want to make any changes to your voting arrangements ahead of the local elections on 6th May, you must do so before 5pm next Tuesday, 20th April. The elections are for the (one) Councillor for the Suffolk County Council WILFORD DIVISION, and for the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Suffolk Police Area. The Deputy Returning Officer's Helpline number is ☏ 01502 523 320, whilst other contact details are already set out below in the earlier posting of this blog.
Official Notices for the election of the Councillor are already downloadable from
www.suffolk.gov.uk/council-and-democracy/consultations-petitions-and-elections/elections/#tab2, under the "East Suffolk" heading. From this Thursday (15th), you can find out information on those candidates standing for Commissioner, by calling ☏ 0808 196 2170, or by visiting https://www.choosemypcc.org.uk/, where you will be able to download a PDF booklet of the candidate details. Both positions are contested every four years, but the Commissioner's election has been held over from May 2020, because of the pandemic.
ORIGINALLY POSTED ON 26th FEBRUARY
From: East Suffolk Council - Electoral Services
Date: 26th February 2021 at 10:45:28 GMT
Subject: Elections – 6th May 2021
On Thursday, 6th May 2021, residents in Suffolk will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Suffolk County Council, and who will represent them as the new Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner. Some residents will also be voting in Town/Parish and District by-elections, and Neighbourhood Planning referenda.
The elections may be a way off, but we are already making plans to help residents stay safe while casting their vote.
There are several ways for registered electors to have a say at the elections in May:
— vote in person at the polling station;
— vote by post; or
— appoint a trusted person to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.
With the impact of Covid-19 likely to be felt in the coming months, we want to raise awareness of the option to voting by post, rather than visiting the polling station.
If you would like to vote by post, rather than at the polling station, then please print out, complete and return a postal vote application form. For details, please visit www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/elections. Completed applications can be photographed or scanned, and emailed to us. If you are unable to print the form, you can request a form to be sent to you by post. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The deadline for postal vote applications is 20th April, so please don’t delay.
For those who would still prefer to vote in person, we can assure you that Covid-19 secure procedures will be put in place at every polling station. You can expect to see many of the measures that have been used over recent months, such as the use of hand-sanitiser, floor-markings and social-distancing. Face-coverings will be required (for those who are not exempt), and we would encourage you to bring your own pen or pencil.
For further information on elections, and how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, please visit www.eastsuffolk.gov.uk/elections
Electoral Services Team
East Suffolk Council
4 Canning Road