Luton Borough Council
22/04/2021 - Covid-19 secure voting on 6 May
Voters across the whole of Bedfordshire will go to elect a new Police and Crime Commissioner in two weeks’ time.
In addition, voters in Luton’s High Town and Round Green wards will have the opportunity to elect new councillors in local by-elections.
Since the 6 May date was confirmed a great deal of work has gone into ensuring this is a Covid-19 secure election, enabling voter to exercise their right to vote in a free and safe manner.
Safety has been central in the planning of the election across Bedfordshire and directors of Public health have been consulted on the arrangements. Every polling station has been risk assessed to ensure social distancing wherever possible. All measures possible will be introduced to minimise the risk of transmission of infection: regular sanitisation; face masks; hand sanitisers; social distancing; ventilation measures and where required, protective screens, will all be in place at polling venues.
Government guidance suggests electors must wear a mask and should take their own pencil to vote. However there will be pencils and masks available for anyone who needs one.
In Luton all election staff will be required to have a Covid safety test no earlier than 24 hours before polling day on 6 May and the count
Voters in Luton have been encouraged to register to vote by post and over 30,000 residents have chosen to vote in this way. This in turn will help social distancing at polling stations.
Robin Porter, Police Area Returning Officer for Bedfordshire, said: “I am pleased that this year’s elections will be able to take place in the most secure manner possible. While many have decided to vote by post, those choosing to come to the polling stations can do so knowing that every aspect of their safety has been considered.
“The hard preparatory work of various teams means that local democracy is able to continue to thrive. I hope as many people as possible turn out to elect a candidate to the important role of Police and Crime Commissioner for our county, as well as residents of High Town and Round Green as they choose new councillors.”
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