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Temporary changes to local polling stations due to Covid-19

The Council approved plans for temporary changes to polling stations for the May 2021 elections at the Borough Council meeting last evening.

Published: Wednesday, 11th November 2020

Cabinet  Member, Councillor Pritam Grewal who is a Member for Customer Services and Corporate Performance

The polling station review was undertaken to assess the suitability of polling stations where mobile units are used due to the current pandemic.  The report presented at the meeting highlighted the challenges around complying with social distancing measures and found mobile units to be unsuitable polling stations for the May 2021 polls.

Due to this, electors who normally vote at a mobile unit will be accommodated at a neighbouring polling station for the elections in May 2021.

Letters to residential properties highlighting temporary changes to polling stations will be sent in February 2021.  At least a week before polling day, notices and directions will be placed where the mobile units are normally located to inform residents of the temporary change. 

Cllr Pritam Grewal, Cabinet Member for Customer Services and Corporate Performance, said: “Electoral law requires the Council to keep polling stations under review every four years and the last was one carried out in 2019. However due to the pandemic we have had to review this once again.

“Next year’s Mayor of London and London Assembly elections are only six months away and we need to get processes and systems in place now. Your vote matters and we want to ensure you feel safe voting at polling stations during this pandemic which is why we are bringing in these temporary changes.”

Electors also have the option of registering for postal votes if they do not wish to go to polling stations. To sign up please visit www.hounslow.gov.uk/voting-by-post  

Read the full report.

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