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May 6 election: bring a pencil to the polling station in Lincolnshire

People may be asked to bring their own pen or pencil when they go to the polling stations on May 6.

The covid safety measure is one of several suggested for the election of new county councillors in Lincolnshire, and a new police and crime commissioner.

Other guidance for polling day is expected to include wearing a face covering and keeping two metres from others, in line with current rules when shopping.

Polling stations may operate differently this year to keep people safe
Polling stations may operate differently this year to keep people safe

Those who do not fancy voting in person can apply for a postal vote, or a proxy vote in which they nominate someone they trust to go along for them.

While the elections are for Lincolnshire county councillors, it is South Kesteven District Council which organises the election process.

Karen Bradford, chief executive of South Kesteven District Council, will be deputy returning officer.

People will be asked to bring their own pen or pencil
People will be asked to bring their own pen or pencil

She said: “The majority of our residents are registered but there are those who have not yet done so. With the elections just a couple of months away, we are encouraging residents to go online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and register to ensure they don’t lose the right to have their say.

“Registering now will allow plenty of time for applications to be processed and returned.”

Those who hope to be elected onto Lincolnshire County Council can start to campaign now, although some parties are advising their candidates to drop the usual door-to-door canvassing.

While the government has not specifically banned it, it is not considered to be in line with its guidance for people to stay at home, and to keep distant from others.

Make sure you are registered

Anyone not registered to vote is being urged to do so now, or risk losing their right to vote. The registration deadline for the May 6 elections is April 19.

This can be done online here or call the SKDC elections team on 01476 406080 or email elections@southkesteven.gov.uk

To register to vote by post or proxy download, print and fill in the application form by clicking here and following the link to the Electoral Commission website.

Postal and proxy vote applications cannot be submitted online as the application form must be signed. Scan or take a picture of the completed form and email it to elections@southkesteven.gov.uk or post it to Electoral Services Team, SKDC, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PZ.

The deadline for postal vote registration is April 20 and the proxy vote deadline is April 27.

Pub could be polling station

The Danish Invader in Stamford may be used as a polling station instead of Malcolm Sargent Primary School, to prevent further disruption to pupils.

Details will be released next month when polling cards are issued.

Election for town council too

A by-election will be held on May 6 to fill a seat on Stamford Town Council following the death of Maxine Couch last year.

Referendum for the Deepings

On polling day, residents of Market Deeping and Deeping St James will can also cast a vote in a referendum over the adoption of their new neighbourhood plan.

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