Image demonstrating Northumberland residents invited to vote by post at the May elections  

Northumberland residents invited to vote by post at the May elections  

Northumberland County Council and Northumberland Police and Crime Commissioner elections are scheduled to go ahead as planned this year, with people encouraged to vote by post if they have concerns about visiting polling stations in person. 
Over the coming week Northumberland County Council will be sending everyone on the electoral register that is not currently registered to receive a postal ballot paper, a letter inviting them to apply for a postal vote. 

The elections are due to take place on May 6, 2021, and while we are currently in the middle of a pandemic, it is very much hoped that with the roll out of the vaccine, by May life will be returning to some sort of normal.   

If you are concerned at all about voting in person due to the Covid pandemic, you can choose to vote by post.  Voting by post saves a trip to the polling station and can be particularly helpful for the elderly and infirm, those living in a remote rural area and for those who may be working, or away on polling day.  Voting by post also offers a safe and secure method of voting, particularly important at this time due to Coronavirus. 

Kelly Angus, deputy chief executive at Northumberland County Council and the Council’s Returning officer said the safety of voters was a priority. 
We will be putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.  

It is really important that everyone makes their voice heard and I would urge anyone who has concerns about voting in polling stations to look out for the letter dropping on their doormat over the coming week and register for the postal vote as thousands of people in the county already do.” 
Kelly Angus added: 
While democracy is important, the safety of the public will always be the priority.” 
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