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Final call to register for a postal vote!

14 April 2021

Elections for the Mayor of London and at the London Assembly elections will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021 and the Council is making a final call to all residents to make sure that if they are registered to vote and would like to request a postal vote – they do so before Tuesday 20 April.

We wrote to all households a few weeks ago to let residents know the work we are doing to ensure that we make the election process as safe as possible and that includes changes to our polling stations.

We need to make sure that all polling stations are COVID safe for voters which means your polling station may have changed from its normal venue. Your poll card will have all the information on advising you of where you can vote. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause but we have chosen venues that we feel will work best for these elections.

We are putting in place sensible safety measures at the polling stations that will be open, including cleaning, socially distanced queuing systems, face coverings being worn and hand sanitiser on site. You don’t need to show your polling card at the station, although we encourage you to do so. 

Voting booths will be cleaned between each voter and voters are encouraged to bring their own pencil or pen. If not, those provided will be sanitised between uses.

Despite these additional measures we know some of our residents may not find it as easy to get to their designated polling stations, or may have concerns and would prefer to apply for a postal vote on this occasion. You can do this by downloading a form or you can contact us on 020 8891 7775.

Mike Gravatt, Borough Returning Officer for the GLA election, said:

"Keeping our residents and staff safe during these uncertain times, while delivering a successful election is vital and we need our residents to help us do this.

"If residents are planning to opt for a postal or proxy vote, please apply as soon as possible rather than wait until the deadline. This will help us to manage the process as efficiently as possible."

To download a postal or proxy form please visit www.richmond.gov.uk/elections or for more information call our helpline on 020 8891 7775. Postal and proxy votes can be temporary, for these elections only.

There are some important dates to note for this election:

  • Register to vote by Monday 19 April – if you have been included in the recent household notification letter then you don’t need to register again
  • Apply for a new or cancel a current postal or proxy vote by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. Apply for a new proxy vote by 5pm on Tuesday 27 April

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Up to: April 2021

Updated: 15 April 2021