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Your vote is safe. Residents encouraged to have their say in the Devon County Council Elections

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Posted on: 4 March 2021

The Devon County Council elections are due to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 and are an important opportunity for residents to have their say about the issues that matter to them and their local communities.

There are a number of ways to vote in the May elections including, voting by post, voting by proxy (by asking someone trusted to vote on your behalf), or voting in person at a polling station.

Although the elections are not until May, plans are already being made to help voters stay safe when casting their vote.

This year, it is advised that those who can, vote by post, however, polling stations will still be open, and measures will be in place to ensure that they are COVID secure. These measures will include social distancing and availability of hand-sanitiser, as well as asking voters to wear a mask and bring their own pencil to use on their ballot paper.

County Returning Officer for Devon County Council, Jan Shadbolt, said: “The elections in May are an important chance for you to make your voice heard and I would encourage everyone to vote and have a say on the issues that matter to them in their local area. Coronavirus has changed a lot of things over the last year, but it won’t stop you from being able to vote.

“Safety is an absolute priority and we are working hard with our colleagues in the district councils to make sure that no matter how you choose to vote, whether by post, by proxy or in person, you can do so safely.

“The availability of postal and proxy voting will be a safe option for many however, for those of you who choose to vote at a polling station, arrangements will be in place to ensure your safety.”

You can find out more about how to register to vote or apply for postal or proxy voting on our website.

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