Thank you for visiting this page. Like you, we want to ensure everyone using a Polling Station on Thursday, 6 May 2021 can do so without any greater risk of contracting Covid-19.
Due to Covid-19 and the ongoing restrictions, the elections this year will require additional provisions to make polling stations safe for voters and staff.
Risk assessments have been undertaken of the Polling Stations in place for the 2021 elections and a number of measures are being implemented to ensure everyone's safety.
Staff are being issued with safety equipment including screens, hand sanitizer, masks, additional signage and cleaning products to keep the polling station clean throughout the day. Please try to be patient as we know having a conversation with the Polling Station staff may be more difficult as both voter and staff member will be wearing masks.
There may be a limit to the number of voters that can enter a station at any one time, one-way systems may be in operation, social distancing will be in force and voters should wear a mask over their nose and mouth in polling stations (subject to the normal rules). The additional signage staff will have will deliver these messages in a practical way. In some cases this may mean you end up joining a socially distanced queue outside of the Polling Station Venue. So do come prepared for this.
Voters are also encouraged to bring their own pencil or pen with them, but we will still be providing pencils as usual. If you use one of our pencils we will make sure it is clean and that nobody else uses it after you unless it has been thoroughly cleaned.
If you are able, why not vote earlier in the day. Polling Stations are open from 7am until 10pm. In normal times, most voters go to vote in the evening. So it would help everyone on this occasion if more voters could vote earlier in the day when it will be less busy. For some people this is not an option so we will still welcome you whatever time you arrive while we are open.
In our larger Polling Station Venues we will have a member of staff who postal voters can return their postal vote packs to if they have not already returned them in the post or to the Town Hall in Clacton-on-Sea.
The safety of voters and staff is very important to us – and we are delivering training to all staff on best practice for delivering a Covid secure election.
If you have any concerns about going to vote in person at a Polling Station on Thursday, 6 May then do get in touch with the Elections Team at Tendring District Council. Those with Covid-19 symptoms, are shielding, self-isolating or subject to quarantine restrictions are strongly encouraged to look at options to appoint a proxy (or to vote by post). There are details on this website or you can contact us.
Our contact details are:
Post: Elections, Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE
Telephone: 01255 686575