On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in West Devon will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon County Council and some parish council by-elections, plus Neighbourhood Plan referendums in some areas.

A black sealed ballot box being carried towards two female counters

There are a number of ways to have your say in the elections in May - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

Steve Mullineaux, Electoral Registration Officer for WDBC said: "We know that next year's elections are very important to you. It's an opportunity to have your say on who represents you locally. Those elected have a crucial job in making sure important local issues are being heard and addressed.

"To ensure your safety next May, we are now thinking about how we can make the elections as COVID safe as possible for when you come to vote. We will be including hand sanitisers upon entrance to the polling stations, floor markings to ensure everyone keeps a safe distance away, along with the continued need to wear masks. Similar measures to those you have been seeing across the high streets over recent months. You can also choose to vote by post or by proxy, if you don't already."

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission said: "The choice on how to vote at next May's elections is yours - you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.

"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 and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

"You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections - the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote"

Residents can visit the FAQ page on the website at www.westdevon.gov.uk/elections to find out more about the elections on 6 May 2021. The page will be updated with new information as it becomes available. Any residents who have questions can also contact their local Elections team at elections@westdevon.gov.uk or by phone at: 01822 813604.

Issued: 23 November 2020