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Wednesday March 31, 2021 Poll cards start to be posted out.

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The elections are only five weeks away.

With the elections a little over a month away, poll cards are starting to be sent out by Wiltshire Council to eligible voters, and will soon land on residents’ doormats.

The council is legally obliged to send out poll cards to registered voters. The poll card also contains details of the resident’s local polling station.

On 6 May, unitary and town and parish council elections take place, as well as the Police and Crime Commissioner election.

Given the amount of elections and COVID measures required, the count of the ballots will take place from 7 to 10 May. 

People do not need to bring their poll card to vote but it is helpful if they can bring it with them.

Terence Herbert, Wiltshire Council Chief Executive, and Returning Officer for Wiltshire, said: “I’d ask people to check their poll card carefully as their usual polling station may have changed from previous years. Please don’t worry if your poll card doesn’t arrive straight away, due to the amount needed to be posted out, our team sends them out in batches but rest assured, it will be with you soon.

“There’s still time to register to vote, and to register to vote via post, but I’d ask people not to leave it too late and risk missing out on having their say in elections that will affect their day to day lives.”

Terence Herbert has filmed a short video to talk about the poll cards in a bit more detail – https://youtu.be/PzOFCpz92Fo  

Given the ongoing pandemic, Wiltshire Council’s Returning Officer wants as many people as possible to vote by post if they can, as this is the safest and most convenient way for people to have their say.

However, measures will be in place at all polling stations to ensure those who choose to vote in person can do so safely. These include staff in place to support people to follow the measures, screens, one-way systems, hand sanitiser, and people being requested to bring their own pen to cast their vote, and having to wear a mask.

It is not too late for people to register to vote if they’re not already; visit https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote for more information. To register to vote by post, people should visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote  

For local information on the elections taking place on 6 May, people should visit https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/article/3353/May-2021-Elections