Going to the polls

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Look out for polling cards for the May elections landing on doormats across Bath and North East Somerset this week.

There are two elections taking place in our area on Thursday 6 May:

  • the election of the West of England or Regional Mayor, who leads the West of England Combined Authority; leading the development of regional business, skills, housing and transport – issues that impact people living and working across the region. Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council form the West of England Combined Authority.
  • the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Avon and Somerset Police Area, who oversees the local police force and ensures that they are prioritising what matters to the local community. The Avon and Somerset Police Area includes Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, Mendip District Council, North Somerset Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, South Gloucestershire Council and South Somerset District Council.

A booklet with details of the candidates standing at the West of England Mayoral Election will be posted to all electors from 14 April. For details of the candidates at the Police and Crime Commissioner Election please visit www.choosemypcc.org.uk or call 0808 196 2170 to request a booklet to be sent to you.

In order to vote in these important elections, residents must be on the electoral register. If you are not on the electoral register at your current address, you must register to vote by midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. If you have any queries you can call us on 01225 477333.

Will Godfrey, Returning Officer for Bath & North East Somerset Council, said: “We are making extensive preparations to ensure that these polls are run in a way that meets the highest standards of both public safety and democratic integrity. Polling stations will be safe places on Thursday 6 May.”

Voters have three options for casting their ballot – in person at the polling station, by post or by proxy (i.e. they can appoint someone they trust to vote on their behalf). The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.  

For more information on the election of the West of England Mayor please visit www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/election 2021

For more information on the election of the Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner please visit www.avonpccelection.org.uk