Voting safely at next year’s elections
While these elections may not be until May, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is already making plans to help residents stay safe while casting their vote and is keen to remind people of the options available to them.
There are a number of ways people can have their say during the elections:
• vote in a polling station
• by post
• or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.
The borough council’s electoral registration officer Rebecca Emmett said: “The elections next year will see residents in Basingstoke and Deane voting on who will represent them on the borough council, county council, possibly their parish council and as Police and Crime Commissioner.
“This is an opportunity for people to have their say and we have already starting planning now so that however residents choose to cast their vote in May, they can do so safely. We are putting arrangements in place to help people stay safe at the polling station but we also want to remind residents that they have the option to vote by post or proxy and applying to do this is very simple.”
Residents must be registered to vote to have a say at the elections. For more information and to apply for a postal or a proxy vote visit www.basingstoke.gov.uk/postal-proxy-voting or call 01256 844844.