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Voting safely at next year’s elections

16 December 2020 : Elections and voting

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Somerset West and Taunton will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at the postponed Police Crime Commissioner Election, County Council Elections and various Parish/Town Council elections.

While the elections are not until May, the Council is already making plans to help you stay safe while casting your vote.

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.

James Hassett, Electoral Registration Officer for SWT, said: “The elections next year are very important – they’re an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Somerset West and Taunton.

“We’re thinking about these elections now so that, however you choose to cast your vote in May, you can do so safely. We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser and face masks. But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy.”

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 gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Residents can visit the council's Elections and voting webpage to find out more about the elections and voting. 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@somersetwestandtaunton.gov.uk or on 01823 358692.