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Vote safely in May’s elections

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The Government has announced that local elections are to go ahead on 6th May. Voters in Crowborough will be able to vote to elect their county councillor and the Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner (election postponed from from last year).

Under a plan published by the Cabinet Office, polling stations will be fitted with screens and hand sanitiser, with councils allocated extra money to help make voting and the counting process safe amid coronavirus.  Everyone should wear a face covering in polling stations and at counts and the Government will amend the guidance on face coverings, and the relevant legislation, to clarify this.

What to expect in polling stations during coronavirus

  • Social distancing (inside and outside venues)
  • Limited number of people inside polling stations
  • Masks worn by staff and voters
  • Voters bring their own pen or pencil
  • Maximum ventilation
  • Plastic screens (where appropriate)
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Regular cleaning

Different ways to vote

The Government encourage anybody who is shielding, or who would prefer not to attend a polling station, to apply for a postal or proxy vote.

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Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said:

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.

If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

To then apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form. Once you have completed the form and signed it, you need to send it to the Electoral Services Team at Wealden District Council Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, BN27 2AX or email elections@wealden.gov.uk.

If you aren’t able to cast your 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. The person voting on your behalf 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.

Depending on where you live in Crowborough you will vote for the County Councillor for Crowborough North & Jarvis Brook or Crowborough South & St Johns. Use the postcode search to find-out which electoral division you are in.

Further information about forthcoming elections in Wealden in 2021 be found on the Voting and Elections pages of the Wealden website.

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