RESIDENTS are being reminded of the ways they can cast their ballot in the May elections.
On May 6 residents in Stratford will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Warwickshire County Council, and to elect the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Warwickshire Police area.
There are also four Neighbourhood Planning Referendums to be held in Alcester, Clifford Chambers, Ilmington and Napton-on-the-Hill.
Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place – known as a proxy vote.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on April 20 and, for a proxy vote, the deadline is 5pm on April 27.
For those who choose to vote in person, polling stations will be safe places to vote on May 6. Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by wearing a face covering, bringing their own pen, cleaning their hands when entering and leaving and keeping a distance with others.
Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. Residents can apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.
SDC electoral registration officer David Buckland said: “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May, and we are putting measures in place to help you cast your vote safely. You can vote either at a polling station, by post or by proxy.
“You can find more information about how to apply to vote by post or proxy on our website.
“However you choose to vote, you must be registered in order to have your say at the elections.”
The deadline to register to vote for the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday April 19, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote to do so.
Visit www.stratford.gov.uk/council-democracy/postal-and-proxy-voting.cfm for more information on voting by post or proxy.