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19 January 2021

Keeping voters safe at the 2021 elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021 there are three elections taking place for residents in Fareham. These are for the Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire, Hampshire County Council and Fareham Borough Council.

While these elections are not until May, Fareham Borough Council is already making plans to help residents stay safe while casting their vote.

There are a number of ways residents can have their say in the May elections - by post, in a polling station, or by appointing a trusted representative to vote on their behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

Fareham residents who would prefer to vote from the comfort of their homes, can apply for a postal vote by calling the elections team at Fareham Borough Council on 01329 824588. Ballot papers will be sent directly to residents’ homes, along with a pre-paid return envelope included. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday 20 April 2021, so residents are reminded to apply early. They can also apply online by filling in a simple form on the Electoral Commission website.

After Tuesday 20 April, if a resident is unable to get to a polling station to vote due to illness or self-isolation etc, they can contact the elections team who will be happy to help set up a proxy vote. This is where a trusted representative is nominated to vote on the resident’s behalf.

Polling stations across Fareham will be COVID-19 safe, but voting may take a little longer than usual due to some necessary changes Fareham Borough Council have made in order to ensure the safety of voters. Full details can be found at www.fareham.gov.uk/elections

Further details of the election process and the ways residents are able to vote can be found on the Fareham Borough Council website


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For further information contact:

Customer Enquiries

Tel: 01329 236100
Email: customerservicecentre@fareham.gov.uk

Media Enquiries

The Communications Team
Tel: 01329 824310
Email: publicity@fareham.gov.uk
Fax: 01329 550576

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