Polling station safety

Our Polling Stations are safe!

This year Police and Crime Commissioner and County Council elections will take place on 6 May.

Despite the current pandemic we still plan to open all our polling stations as normal but we will need to make a few changes to make sure they are safe for voters and the staff who work there.

View this video from the Electoral Commission to find out more.


Due to the measures introduced our polling stations will look different, be busier than normal and it may take more time than usual to vote in person. To keep everyone safe and to meet coronavirus rules, changes are likely to mean: 

  • You may have to wait in a socially distanced queue before entering the polling station, as fewer people will be allowed inside
  • Where possible a one way system will be in operation
  • In some of our smaller polling stations we can ony let one voter in at a time
  • Some polling stations will move to alternative venues
  • You’ll need to wear a face covering and sanitise your hands 
  • You’ll need to bring your own pen or pencil
  • Polling booths will be regularly disinfected
  • Perspex screens will separate polling staff from voters
  • Polling staff will be wearing face masks or visors
To help us keep your Polling Station safe:
  • Check the location of your polling station on you poll card before setting off as you may need to go to a different place to vote this year;
  • Bring a face mask and a pen or pencil with you
  • Remember that our polling stations are busier at 7am to 9.30am, lunchtime, 3.30pm to 4.30pm and 6pm to 8pm. Please try to avoid voting at these times if you can to reduce queuing times. Everyone queuing to vote at a polling station by 10pm will still be able to vote. 
  • Do not come to the Polling Station if you have recently tested positive for coronavirus or are self-isolating. If this happens do not worry you will still be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote on 6 May so someone you know can vote on your behalf.
  • Keep checking this page as it will be updated as we receive more guidance from the Government.
While we are confident that your Polling Station will be safe we are aware that some voters may be understandably reluctant to go to a polling station to vote this year. Therefore remember that it is not too late to apply for a postal vote or nominate someone you know as your proxy to vote on your behalf. 

Forms to apply for a Postal Vote or Nominate a Proxy are available from the Electoral Commission, by calling our elections hotline or using the links on this page.

Guidance on how to apply for a postal vote.
Guidance on how to apply for a proxy vote.

Remember to apply as soon as you can so we can make sure we get your ballot paper to you in plenty of time for you to send it back to us.

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