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Postal voting encouraged ahead of May elections

Article date - 12 March 2021

Polling stations in St Helens Borough will be safe places to vote in May, but some residents may be anxious about the risk that Covid-19 poses to all aspects of daily life and postal voting offers a more convenient and contact-free way to vote.
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St Helens Borough Council is therefore encouraging residents to apply for postal voting, and to do so early, ahead of the St Helens Local Elections, the Police & Crime Commissioner elections and the Liverpool City Region Mayoral elections on Thursday 6th May.

If you’re considering voting by post, you can apply to do this now. This will ensure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly once the candidates for the elections are confirmed.

Kath O’Dwyer, St Helens Borough Council’s Chief Executive and Returning Officer for the elections, said: 

“We are very keen, as always, to ensure that as many people vote in the elections as possible. Our polling stations will be safe places to vote, but we know that some residents are anxious about this due to Covid-19. Myself and our electoral services have been diligently planning for safe elections for several months now utilising the latest Electoral Commission guidance. 

“But simply put, the more people we have voting by post, the fewer people will be attending polling stations, and the more manageable and safer the polling stations will be for both our voters and indeed for the polling station staff. Because we want as many people to vote as possible, we would encourage residents to consider a postal vote for this year’s elections.” 

To request a postal vote application form email the council’s Electoral Services at elections@sthelens.gov.uk or call 01744 676464, or download a form

If you are already registered to vote by post, you don’t need to do anything further. 

Remember, if you aren't able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you, known as voting by proxy. The person voting on your behalf can either go to your polling station to cast your vote or can apply to vote for you by post. 

To apply for a proxy vote, complete the online form.