On Thursday 6 May 2021, Hull City Council local elections and the Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) election takes place.
Residents in Hull have their chance to vote on who represents them in their local ward area, and who represents the Humberside area as Police and Crime Commissioner.
Voters can find out who is standing for election in their ward, as the statement of persons nominated is published.
The elections are the first since 2019, following postponement of the elections in May last year.
Matt Jukes, Returning Officer for Hull said: “This year we have a lot of extra safety measures in place at polling stations, to ensure everyone is safe when they vote. We have introduced Perspex screens, hand gel for entry and exit, the stations will be routinely cleaned and there will be a member of staff ensuring only one voter enters a station at any one time.
“We also request that face coverings are worn and social distancing is maintained. Voters can also bring along their own pen or pencil. Anyone who has symptoms of coronavirus shouldn’t attend a polling station. All polling staff will be offered a test the day before polling day.
“As we continue our preparations, we are working with local and national Public Health, the Electoral Commission and neighbouring councils to ensure all our elections activity is safe. Of course, anyone who would rather not vote in person, can apply to vote by post up until 20 April.”
People can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone they trust to vote on their behalf, known as a proxy vote. Application forms for postal and proxy votes are available from www.yourvotematters.co.uk
It is important that anyone with coronavirus symptoms does not attend a polling station, and anyone who is self-isolating can apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on polling day, via the Electoral Commission website.
The Notice of Election has today, Monday 29 March, been published in the Guildhall by Matt Jukes, Hull City Council Chief Executive and elections Returning Officer.
One seat in 19 out of Hull’s 21 wards is up for election, whilst Central and Pickering wards do not have local elections this year, and all residents in all wards can vote in the PCC election.
Matt Jukes continued: “These elections are the opportunity for residents to have their say on who represents them on Hull City Council, dealing with decisions and issues that directly affect day-to-day life in Hull. I would strongly encourage everyone who is entitled vote to do so and ensure their voice is heard.”
Poll cards will be issued to all registered electors from 29 March. Residents don’t need their polling card to vote, but do need to go to their allocated station. Residents can find their allocated polling station here.
Key dates for the local elections and PCC elections 2021:
29 March: Publication of notice of election
9 April: Publication of statement of persons nominated for election
19 April: Deadline for registering to vote
20 April: Deadline to apply for, change or cancel a postal vote
27 April: Deadline to apply for, change or cancel a proxy vote
6 May: Election day, polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm
7 May: Local election count and results
8 May: PCC count and result (announced by East Riding of Yorkshire Council)
For the first time local election announcements will be broadcast live as they happen on Friday 7 May. West wards are expected from 11am, North wards from 3pm & East wards from 7pm.
The number of votes cast will be available here.
More information about elections is available at www.hull.gov.uk/localelections