Check your polling station before you vote

Residents are being urged to check where they should go to vote as changes have been made to some polling stations because of coronavirus restrictions.

Voters go to the polls on Thursday, 6 May to elect a new West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner and councillors to represent them on Worcestershire County Council.

To make sure people can vote safely in-person measures are being put in place at polling stations including social distancing, asking voters to bring their own pen or pencil and to wear face coverings.

Some polling stations are not big enough to allow social distancing so the locations have been changed. Residents should check their poll card carefully, which will give the address of where they need to go to vote. People can also use the online polling station finder on the council's website at www.wychavon.gov.uk/elections.

Poll cards were sent out in March. If someone hasn't received one yet then it may mean they are not registered to vote. The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming elections is 19 April 2021. Registration can be done online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

Residents can also apply to vote by post or by proxy – where they send someone else to vote on their behalf.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote for this election is 20 April 2021 at 5pm and a proxy vote at 5pm on 27 April 2021. Details of how to apply can be found on the council's elections web page.

Elaine Dicks, Electoral Services Manager for Wychavon District Council, said: "I urge all voters to check the location of their polling station before they go out to vote just in case it has been changed and to avoid any problems on polling day.

"Anyone who is thinking of voting by post or proxy should do so as soon as possible as it will give people the maximum time possible to receive and return their postal ballot or confirm arrangements for their proxy vote."

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