Guide East Devon residents coronavirus update - 19 February 2021

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4. Covid secure local elections to go ahead

This means that there will be elections for Devon County Council and for the Police and Crime Commissioner on 6 May.

The government has published a delivery plan which includes ensuring that all polling stations will be Covid-secure.  Hand sanitizers will be available, everyone will be asked to wear face coverings and the number of people allowed into the polling stations at any one time will be restricted to ensure social distancing is maintained.  Voters will be encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil to mark their ballot papers.

As in all elections, voters will have a choice between in person and absent voting. The deadline for receipt of applications to vote by post is 5pm on 20 April and the deadline for receipt of proxy applications is 5pm on 27 April. 

Currently lockdown restrictions prevent political parties from door to door campaigning or leafleting  but the government says it will issue new guidance nearer the elections.