Deadline to register for a postal or proxy vote approaching

Tuesday 20 April, 5pm is the deadline for the council to receive a postal application for next month's local and Police & Crime Commissioner elections.

how will you vote - in person, by post, by proxy?

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council is working hard to ensure polling stations on 6 May are Covid-secure, with measures in place such as social distancing and hand sanitiser, however, some people may not wish to vote in person.

The council is reminding residents they still have time to decide how they would like to vote. This could be via a postal vote, where you receive your ballot paper through the post, or a proxy vote, when you nominate someone you trust to make your vote for you. The deadline for the council to receive a proxy vote application is Tuesday 27 April.

Details on how to apply for a postal or proxy vote can be found online. If you already have a postal or proxy vote arrangement in place and your details have not changed, you do not need to take any action. Completed application forms can be emailed to elections@welhat.gov.uk.

WHBC Chief Executive Ka Ng said:

Although our polling stations will be Covid secure, we understand that people may want to vote in a different way on 6 May due to the pandemic.

Applying for a postal or proxy vote is a straightforward process so I would urge any resident who is thinking of using either of these methods to apply as soon as possible. We don't want anyone to miss out on their opportunity to vote.

For queries about postal or proxy voting, the council's Electoral Services Team can be contacted by email at elections@welhat.gov.uk or by phoning 01707 357 300.

To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. If you are not already registered, the deadline to register is midnight on 19 April 2021. Details on registering to vote can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

For more information on the 6 May elections in Welwyn Hatfield visit www.welhat.gov.uk/elections/faq