As you may be aware, due to the current Corona Virus/Covid-19 outbreak Government has postponed all national elections that were scheduled to be held on or before 7 May 2020 until 6 May 2021. In the North Kesteven District area this relates to the Police and Crime Commissioner Election which was due to be held on 7 May 2020.
Following the making of the Local Government and Police Crime Commissioner (Coronavirus) (Postponement of Elections and Referendums) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020, any Local Elections, By-Elections, Neighbourhood Planning Referendums and Parish Polls that have been called, or may be called, will also not take place until after 5th May 2021, or until such time that the Government brings forward this later date once COVID - 19 rules are lifted.
Elections for the postponed Police & Crime Commissioner and the scheduled Lincolnshire County Council elections are due to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. In addition there will be some local by-elections.
These elections will be like no other. We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you have become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, social distancing and the requirement to wear face coverings.
Guidance is still being developed, but electors are welcome to use their own pen or pencil in the polling station. We are working with Government, members of the electoral community and Public Health teams to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections. Electors can of course choose to vote by post or proxy should they wish and we encourage electors to apply for these sooner rather than later where possible.
Electors can find out more information about registering to vote in this elections and how to apply for an absent vote by reading further below.
Registering to vote is essential to participating in any forthcoming election.