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Who is my local Councillor?

You can find out who your Parish, District and County Councillors are by visiting our  Councillors webpage. 

The Councillor & Ward Listing document on this page will provide you with details of Councillors, Wards and Polling Stations. The team are also available if you have any questions - you can use our Contact Us webpage.


I have not received information from the Candidates, where can I find out about them?

In the lead up to an election the people who have put themselves forward as Candidates will be listed on our website, on our elections pages.

A Notice of Poll will also be printed off and displayed in the relevant wards.  Torridge District Council will usually display a copy in their reception area at Riverside.

As a Council we remain impartial and will not hold information on Candidates. Candidates and any party they represent are responsible for their own publicity and information.  


I'm not sure if I am registered?

If you are unsure call the team or email us - our details are on the Contact Us webpage - and we can check the register for you.  If you know you are not registered in Torridge or you are moving / have moved go to

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


I have lost my polling card, can I still vote?

If you have lost your poll card you can still go to your polling station and tell the staff your full name and address and you will be able to vote. 

You can check your polling station if you click here, or you can contact the team using our Contact Us webpage.


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

Now that Covid-19 restrictions have ended you are no longer required to wear a mask or socially distance.  However, for the time being masks will still be available if requested and hygiene measures will remain in place.

You can bring your own pen or pencil, but we will also provide pencils and they will be cleaned 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 can find out more on our Different Ways to Vote webpage.  


What happens if I must isolate?

You may still be able to vote.  Measures are still in place, which allow 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.

You can also apply if you arranged someone to vote for you (your arranged proxy), and they've tested positive or have symptoms. 

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



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