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3 safe ways to vote in 6 May election

Vote in person, by post or by proxy
Vote in person, by post or by proxy

Published Wednesday, 31 March 2021

On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents of York will go to the polls to have their say on who represents the city as the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for York and North Yorkshire.

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot: in person, by post or by proxy (appointing someone they trust to vote in their place).

The deadline to register to vote for the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday 19 April. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5.00pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5.00pm on 27 April.

For those who choose to vote in person, safety measures will be implemented to make polling stations safe places to cast your vote on 6 May. Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering
  • bringing their own pen or pencil
  • cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance

Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. There will be measures in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.

Ian Floyd, Local Returning Officer for City of York Council, said:

It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May, and we are putting additional measures in place to help you cast your vote safely during this unusual time. You can vote either in person at a polling station, by post or by proxy.

“If you’re voting in person, help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures that will be in place at the polling station.

“If you decide to vote by post, please don’t wait until the deadline to apply. Sending your application now will make sure it is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the election are confirmed.”

See further information about 2021 elections in York and about registering to vote.