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Voting Safely at the Elections

16 February 2021

A black sealed ballot box being carried towards two female counters

On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in the South Hams will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Police and Crime Commissioner elections and Devon County Council elections. There are also casual elections in some parishes and towns.

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. If you would like to vote by post, now is the time to register using the Electoral Commission website.

Andy Bates, Electoral Registration Officer for the South Hams, said:

"The elections 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 the South Hams.

"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, floor markings 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 the 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"

Any residents who have questions can also contact their local elections team at

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