A county-wide election takes place every four years and voters in all 76 electoral divisions choose who they want to run the range of essential local services that impact on all aspects of everyday life for 1.4 million people living in the Hampshire County Council area - from education, roads and social care for vulnerable children and adults, to access to the countryside and libraries.
District councils administer the County Council’s four-yearly elections on behalf of John Coughlan, the County Returning Officer and County Council Chief Executive. Therefore, polling cards, and applications for postal and proxy votes will be issued by district councils for residents living in their area.
John Coughlan said: “There is a week until the deadline for people to register to vote in the upcoming elections. If you are not on the electoral register by 19 April, then you won’t be able to vote. It’s quick and easy to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you don’t have internet access, contact your local district or borough council. Registering to vote ensures that you will be eligible to have your say at the ballot box on 6 May.
“Once registered, you have different options for voting – in person, by post or by proxy. COVID-safe measures, in line with official Public Health guidance will be in place at polling stations, making them safe places to vote in May. Voters can also keep themselves and others safe by wearing a face covering and bringing their own pen or pencil. Do remember to double check your polling card as there have been a small number of changes to usual polling stations for Covid reasons. If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of COVID-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day of polling itself, you can also obtain an emergency proxy vote – but please do not go out to vote if there is a risk you may be carrying the virus.
“We understand that not everyone may wish to or be able to attend a polling station on 6 May, in which case you can also apply now to vote by post or by proxy instead.”
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April.
For a proxy vote, the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.
It will be a combined election on 6 May with polls for Hampshire County Councillors, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, district and borough councillors in some areas, and some parish/town councillors.
For information on voting and the elections visit the County Council’s elections webpages: www.hants.gov.uk/aboutthecouncil/electionsandvoting.