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        Upcoming Elections

        Update: 

        Due to the continued coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak there will not be any elections taking place until Thursday 6 May 2021.

        Upcoming Elections scheduled for 6 May 2021

        • Police & Crime Commissioner
        • Kent County Council
        • Newington Ward By Election
        • Broadstairs Neighbourhood Plan Referendum

        Statement of Persons Nominated and Election Agents

        Kent County Council

        Police and Crime Commissioner

        Dane Valley Ward

        Central Harbour Ward

        • Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Station – District
        • Notice of Poll & Situation of Polling Station – Parish
        • Agents

        Newington Ward

        Notice of Election:

        Election of County Councillors:

        Police and Crime Commissioner Election:

        • For information and further details click here

        Election of a District Councillor:

        Election of a Town Councillor:

        Election of a Referendum:

        For further information on the Broadstairs & St Peter’s Neighbourhood Plan you can read the statement here

        May 2021 Polls

        On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Thanet will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at the Police & Crime Commissioner Election, Kent County Council Election, Newington District By Election, Dane Valley By Election and Broadstairs Neighbourhood Planning Referendum.

        The elections will take place at a time when COVID-19 continues to present risks to public health. Depending on the infection rate, measures taken to control the spread of the virus may change as we approach May. This means we cannot currently answer all the questions you may have about how the election will be run. However, we are working hard with the Government, the Electoral Commission, the wider electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure you can stay safe when casting your vote in May.

        We will continue to update this page with further information as it becomes available. Further information can also be found on the website of the Electoral Commission.

        Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions

        There are a number of ways to have your say in May – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

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        To vote in the elections – either at a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf as your proxy you must first be registered to vote, which can be done  online in 15 minutes.

        To apply for a postal vote complete our online request and we will send you an application form to complete, sign and return. Alternatively you can download, print and complete a postal vote application form. Postal Vote applications must be returned by 5pm on Tuesday 20th April 2021.

        If you are thinking about voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

        If you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. This is called a proxy vote and the person casting your vote is often referred to as your proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote, or can apply to vote for you by post.

        To apply for a proxy vote complete our online request and we will send you an application form to complete, sign and return. Alternatively you can download, print and complete a form to vote by proxy explaining why you can’t get to your polling station in person. Proxy vote applications must be returned by 5pm on Tuesday 27th April 2021.

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        To vote in any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. It takes 15 minutes to register and you can do this online.

        If you are unable to register online, you can apply by post. You can download and print the forms here.

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        Yes, voting by post is safe and proven cases of electoral fraud are rare. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper in secret, and seal the envelope yourself.

        You will also be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal or proxy vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided to confirm your identity.

        Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

         

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        We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.

        We will continue our discussions with public health authorities as we prepare for the elections to make sure we are following the most up to date guidance. We will continue to update this page as more information and guidance becomes available.

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        Guidance in this area is still being developed, but you are always welcome to use your own pen or pencil. We are working with the UK’s governments, members of the electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote at the May 2021 elections.

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        We are working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but if you prefer you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead.

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        We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. We will be providing more information nearer the time on how you can vote if you need to self-isolate, or live in an area that is under local lockdown.

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        Yes. Thanet District Council is currently looking to recruit a number of Poll Clerks to work at the elections on 6 May 2021 from 6:15am until 10:15pm.

        Poll Clerks, under the direction of the Presiding Officer, work inside polling stations across the district and are responsible for the conduct of the ballot and making sure that the proper procedures for voting are followed. Duties include handing out ballot papers, making accurate records of ballot papers handed to each voter, answering voter’s questions, managing the entry and exit of voters into and out of the polling station and keeping the polling station clean and tidy.

        This is a paid opportunity and the total rate of pay for a Poll Clerk is £202. This includes travel expenses and attendance at an online training session prior to the election. 

        If you’d like to find out more, please contact our Electoral Services team at electoral.services@thanet.gov.uk or 01843 577500 as soon as possible. 

        Anyone is eligible, providing they are over 18, literate & not a member of a political party participating in the election.

        Read more at thanet.gov.uk/apply-to-work-at-the-elections-on-thursday-6-may-2021

         

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