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Voting Safely at Next Year's Elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in South Hams will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Police and Crime Commissioner, Devon County Council and some parish and town council by-elections plus Neighbourhood Plan referendums in some areas.

A black sealed ballot box being carried towards two female counters

While the elections are not until May, we're 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.

Andy Bates, Electoral Registration Officer for South Hams District Council, said: "It's really important that you have your say in next year's May elections. Every vote helps to decide the local representatives who play a crucial role on local issues which affect your everyday lives.

"With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to carefully consider future arrangements so you can vote safely when the time comes. There will be measures in place, which you already recognise from the past year, which adopt the hands, face and space controls. As always, you can also decide to vote by post or proxy, if you would rather not attend in person."

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"

Residents can visit the FAQ page on the website at to find out more about the elections on 6 May 2021. 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  Telephone 01803 861434.

Issued: 23 November 2020

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