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FAQs

I'm not sure if I am registered?

If you are unsure call the team or email us on the details to the left, we can check the register for you.  If you know you are not registered in Torridge or you are moving / have moved go to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You will need to submit your application to register by the deadline (19th April) to vote on Thursday 6th May 2021. This is a statutory deadline set nationally.

You must be registered at your address if you want to apply for a postal or a proxy vote.

 

What will it be like to vote at a Polling Station this year?

You will be required to wear a mask unless you have a medical reason not to. You will be asked to socially distance and may have to queue to place your vote, out of doors in some cases.

You can bring your own pen or pencil, but we will also provide pencils and they will be cleaned after each use.

Voting may take a bit longer as polling booths and ballot boxes will be sanitised after each use. 

 

What if I don't want to go to the Polling Station?

We are doing all we can to ensure that Polling Stations will be a safe place to vote, but we understand some people will still feel anxious about voting in this way.

People who do not want to attend the polling station on polling day can apply for an Absent Vote - a postal vote or a proxy vote - just for this election, or for all future elections too.   

You must be registered at your address and you will need to complete and return an application by the deadlines below:

 

Postal Vote Applications and Postal Proxy Applications - 5pm on 20th April.

Proxy Vote Applications - 5pm on 27th April.

To find out more and apply for an Absent Vote click here.

 

When will I receive my ballot papers if I apply to vote by post?

People who have a long-term postal vote or have applied for a postal vote by 1st April will receive their ballot papers once dispatched by our printers on 21st April. Anyone who applies for a postal vote on or after 2nd April will receive their papers once dispatched by our printers on 26th April. All our postal votes are sent by first class post. 

Once you have a postal vote set up you will NOT be able to vote at your polling station, even if your ballot papers are lost. You must request new papers from the Elections Team.

If you are worried that you have not received your postal vote, or if you make a mistake on your paperwork please call the Elections Team for advice as soon as possible.

More information about postal votes is available via this link to our webpages, or you can visit https://www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk/postal-voting.

 

My local polling station has been closed since Lockdown started, will I have to vote elsewhere?

We are working closely with all our established Polling Stations to try and ensure there is as little disruption as possible.  Any change to a Polling Station venue will have to be carefully considered and must be signed off by Councillors.  We would be required to write out to you with the details of any new venue and publicise the change with plenty of notice. 

We will do all we can to avoid changing the location of polling stations, however the situation continues to change rapidly so we are not able to make guarantees at this stage. 

 

What happens if I must isolate?

You may still be able to vote.  Legislation is due to be passed soon, which allows people to request an emergency proxy if they have been told to isolate due to Covid-19.

This means you can appoint someone you trust who lives locally and is on the Register of Electors, and they will be able to go your polling station and submit your vote for you.

 

This only applies if you were asked to isolate after 5pm on the 6th working day before polling day.

All applications will need to be made by 5pm on polling day - Thursday 6th May.

 

And finally...

Overall, the advice of our team is to make your plans in advance, have a think about how you want to vote and what you would do if you had to isolate. 

If you don't know someone who would be able to go to the polling station for you it is worth considering a postal vote and applying before the deadline day - 20th April.

Everyone involved in the planning of these elections will be doing all they can to ensure it is as safe as possible. Please use your vote!

If we haven't answered your question please call the team or email us with your query.