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Is voting in person safe?

Is voting in person safe?

Polling stations will be safe places to vote. If you choose to vote in person, you can keep yourself and others safe by:

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

You should not attend the polling station if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have been asked to self-isolate.

We will continue to follow the most up to date public health guidance as we prepare for the elections, and will update this page as more information and guidance becomes available.

What happens if I fall ill with Covid-19 or need to self-isolate at the last minute?

If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of Covid-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, you don’t need to miss out on your vote. You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote – where someone you trust can vote on your behalf. Speak to the electoral registration team who will tell you what you need to do to arrange this.

Will I need to bring my own pen or pencil?

Yes, you should bring your own pen and pencil to minimise contact.

There will be clean pencils available at the polling station if you forget to bring your own.

Is it safer to vote by post, instead of going in person?

Polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead if you wish.