Voting next week? Don't forget your pencil!

27 April 2021 

Voters heading to polling stations next week are being reminded that Covid restrictions mean they will notice some changes to the process this year.

On Thursday, 6 May, residents in South Lakeland are going to the polls to have their say on who represents them as Police and Crime Commissioner for Cumbria, with those in affected areas also able to vote in by-elections for vacant district and county council seats and elections to a number of town and parish councils.

Voters who are intending to cast their ballot in person at a polling station are being encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

  • Wearing a face covering
  • Bringing their own pen or pencil
  • Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • Keeping a safe distance.

Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances. 

Simon McVey, Returning Officer for South Lakeland, said: “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May and we are following public health advice by putting measures in place to help you cast your vote safely.

“Polling stations are being made Covid secure and if you’re voting in person, please help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures, which includes wearing a face covering and bringing along your own pencil or pen to mark the ballot paper.

“This information is also on your polling card as a further reminder.’’

For more information about this year’s Police and Crime Commissioner and local elections, see:

Notes: Voters attending polling stations in person are being requested to bring their own pen or pencil, in order to minimise contact, in line with Electoral Commission guidance. Voters are also asked to wear a face covering so that they can keep themselves, and others, safe on polling day.

If any voter forgets to bring these items, polling station staff will have spare face coverings and clean pencils available. No-one will be prevented from entering the polling station if they forget a pen/pencil or a face covering.