Elections will be taking place in May for Melksham Town Council and Wiltshire Council as well as for a new Police and Crime Comminssioner the Government has confirmed today. Melksham South councillor Jon Hubbard is urging residents to register for a postal vote to save having to visit the polling station on the day.
"It's important that people's voices are heard this May and that we have an opportunity to choose who represents us in the Town Hall, at County Hall and at the Police Headquarters in Devizes," the Melksham South councillor said.
"Whilst I know that the council are doing all that they can to ensure that the process will be as safe as is possible and, of course, we are all hoping that the impact of the vaccines and current lockdown will mean that things are generally much better by May, we should still do all that we can to minimise any risks.
"Voting by post means that you can guarantee your voice is heard and not have to visit a polling station on May 6th."
Wiltshire Council have also urged wiltshire residents to take advantage of the opportunity to vote by post. The council has released the following statement:
On 6 May, registered voters will be able to have their say in the Police and Crime Commissioner, unitary, and town and parish council elections, as well as a number of neighbourhood planning referendums.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, Wiltshire’s Returning Officer is asking that as many people as possible register to vote via post.
To avoid the risk of fraud, a signature is required when applying for a postal vote. Anyone unable to print a postal vote application form at home should call Wiltshire Council on 0300 456 0112 and they can arrange for a copy to be posted out.
For those who haven’t already registered to vote by post, details on how to do so are detailed on the Household Enquiry Form that the council recently sent to households. The Household Enquiry Form is to help the council ensure its electoral register records are as up to date as possible.
People can also visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/apply-for-a-postal-vote for more information and to get a form.
To manage the amount of elections, and to keep everyone safe, the verification and counts will be spread over four days.
The council will also do everything it can to keep polling stations and count centres as safe as possible for voters and staff by making sure venues are COVID-secure.
Terence Herbert, Wiltshire Council’s Chief Executive, and Returning Officer, said: “It’s vital to our way of life that we live in a democratic county and we don’t want to let the pandemic get in the way of that.
“I urge everyone to vote by post if they can. We don’t know what the picture will be in the spring, but we know some people will understandably be reluctant to visit a polling station, even though we will make them COVID-secure.
“Voting by post is the easiest and safest way to have your say.”
People should visit https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/elections for all the information they need on the upcoming elections.