A new drive is urging people not to miss the chance to have their say in Leicestershire County Council’s election on 6 May.
Residents are being encouraged to use their vote to shape the wide range of services delivered by the authority including adult social care, children's social care, public health, transport, education, planning, road maintenance, libraries, waste management and trading standards.
Arrangements are being put in place to ensure polling stations are safe places to cast ballots and people can expect many of the measures they’ve become used to over recent months such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.
Postal votes are also an option and need to applied for by 20 April.
Graeme Wardle, head of member services at Leicestershire County Council, said: “I’d strongly encourage people to vote on 6 May and have their say on who represents them.
“Whether it’s road maintenance, recycling and waste, support for schools or social care, our services play a key part in everyday lives and by going to the polls, you can help to shape these for the next four years.
“Polling stations will be safe places to vote and you’re likely to see screens, hand sanitiser, social distancing floor markings and need to wear a face mask. We’ll continue to work closely with the Government and public health leads to make sure arrangements reflect the most up-to-date guidance.
“We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic, and you can also choose to apply to vote by post or proxy instead.”
The ‘use your vote’ campaign will run up until May across social media, newsletters and more, and aims to encourage people to get involved in democracy and shape where they live.
- There are 55 county councillors in Leicestershire - and all seats are up for election
- Around 550,000 people are eligible to vote
- People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can also vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner election on 6 May
- 9 April: Election candidates published
- 19 April: Deadline to register to vote
- 20 April: Deadline to apply for a postal vote
- 6 May: Polls open from 7am until 10pm
- 7 May: Vote count starts at 11.30am