Next year's local elections may be a way off, but we are already making plans to help residents stay safe while casting their vote.
On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in Norwich will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Norwich City Council, Norfolk County Council and as the Norfolk Police and Crime Commissioner
There are a number of ways to have a say in the elections in May – residents can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing a trusted person to vote on their behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.
Due to the possibility of Covid-19 still being around next May, the council is alerting residents to the possibility of voting by post, should they prefer, rather than visiting the polling station.
Stuart Guthrie, democratic and elections manager for Norwich City Council, said: “The elections next year 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 Norwich.
“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 over recent months, such as hand sanitiser and floor markings. But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy.”
Norwich City Council has written to those not currently registered as postal voters to let them know that they can apply now, if they choose to vote in this way.
Residents need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the elections – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote