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Voters in Lincolnshire and Rutland head to polling stations in 2021 elections

Voters will go to the polls today (Thursday, May 6) for the postponed police and crime commissioner and, depending on the area, local council elections.

In Rutland, three candidates are fighting for the position of Leicestershire police and crime commissioner (PCC).

For voters who want to cast their vote in-person, polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm, with Covid-19 safety measures in place.

Polling Station
Polling Station

Rutland County Council is reminding voters that they can keep themselves and others safe by wearing a face covering, bringing their own pen or pencil, cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station, and keeping a safe distance from others.

The number of people allowed to enter a polling station at the same time is currently limited due to safety measures, which may mean that voting takes slightly longer than normal.

Voters should not attend a polling station if they have any Covid-19 symptoms - a high temperature, a continuous cough or a loss or change to sense of smell or taste - or if they have been asked to self-isolate. Anyone who needs to arrange an emergency proxy vote should contact Rutland County Council by calling 01572 722 577 before the final deadline of 5pm today.

Mark Andrews, Rutland County Council’s local returning officer, said: “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at these elections, whether you cast your vote at a polling station, by post or by proxy.

"We want to reassure everybody who is planning to vote in person next Thursday that we are putting a range of measures in place to help you vote safely, in line with social distancing guidelines, and to protect our teams of election staff at each polling station. ”

In Lincolnshire, people can vote for county council candidates as well as choosing between the five candidates fighting for the position of police and crime commissioner.

All county council wards in this area have at least two people standing, with Stamford West the most hotly contested, where five people are putting themselves forward.

In addition, South Kesteven District Council is holding a by-election for a District Council seat at Glen Ward, a Parish Council by-election for Pointon and Sempringham Parish and a Town Council by-election for the St George’s Ward in Stamford.

The election results will be published on the www.stamfordmercury.co.uk as they are announced.

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