What to expect when you go to vote in the elections on May 6

Cornwall Council, Town and Parish, and the Police and Crime Commissioner elections information and results.

There is less than a week to go until voters across Cornwall head to the polls.

On Thursday May 6, elections are being held for Cornwall Council, town and parish Councils, and the Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner.  

Due to Covid-19, Cornwall Council is putting additional measures in place at polling stations to keep staff and voters safe.

Here’s what you need to know about polling day.

Where is my polling station?

Your poll card will tell you where to find your polling station. Make sure you check the information on your polling card as your polling station might have changed since the last elections.

View the full list of polling stationsYou must vote at the polling station listed on your polling card.

Who can vote?

You must be 18 or over and be registered to vote.

Who are the candidates?

You can see all the candidates standing in the Cornwall Council election on our election page.

You can see all the candidates standing in town and parish council elections on our Town and Parish council webpage.

You can also view information about the Police and Crime Commissioner election on our elections webpage.

What do I need to bring to the polling station?

You must wear a face covering, unless you are exempt. Voters are also being asked to bring their own pen or pencil.

You do not need your poll card to vote, however, we encourage you to bring it with you to make the process quicker and more efficient.

What happens if I forget my pen or pencil?

Don’t worry, sanitised pencils will be provided if you forget to bring one with you.

Will polling stations be safe?

Cornwall Council’s elections team has working closely with Public Health colleagues to ensure the necessary arrangements are in place to keep voters and staff safe.

People voting in person are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering
  • bringing their own pen or pencil
  • sanitising their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • keeping a safe distance

What time are polling stations open?

All polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm.

Voters who have opted to vote by post must return their postal ballot pack by 10pm on 6th May. They can hand it in at their polling station if they don’t have time to return it by post. If you have been sent a postal vote, you cannot vote in person at a polling station.

What do I do if I have to self-isolate?

If you develop symptoms of Covid-19 or are told to self-isolate before the elections, it is really important that you stay at home. Do not go to the polling station.

Anyone who develops symptoms, or is asked to self-isolate shortly before polling day, has up to 5pm on polling day to apply for an emergency proxy vote. This allows them to nominate someone they trust to vote on their behalf.

If you need to apply for an emergency proxy, you can download this form and email it to voter-registration@cornwall.gov.uk You must submit the form before 5pm on May 6th.

What if I need help?

If you need help to cast your vote at a polling station, you can take a companion with you to assist you or ask the presiding officer for help.

There will be large print versions of the ballot paper on display and a ‘tactile’ voting device to help blind and partially sighted voters complete their ballot paper at all polling stations.

If voters require support, the presiding officer can read out the candidates’ names and help the voter mark the ballot paper.

Where can I find the results?

You will be able to find the results on the elections page of the Cornwall Council website.

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