Residents urged to register for postal votes ahead of May elections

Voting safely at the May elections

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in the Braintree District will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Essex County Council and who the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner for Essex will be.  

These elections give residents an opportunity to have a say on who represents them on issues that affect day-to-day life in Essex. 

Ahead of the elections, Braintree District Council is asking residents, should they want to vote by post, to register for their postal vote as soon as possible.  

There are a number of ways residents can have their say in the elections in May:    

  1. Vote at a polling station (voters are asked to bring their own pen or pencil).  
  2. Vote by post.   
  3. Appoint someone to vote on their behalf (proxy vote).   

Andy Wright, Electoral Registration Officer for Braintree District Council, said: “Polling stations will be safe places to vote in May and voters can expect to see many of the measures we’ve all become used to over recent months such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings. However, there are other ways residents can vote including by post. If residents wish to vote by post they should request this as soon as possible. Registering for a postal vote is quick and easy and can be done online. No matter how you choose to cast your vote in May, we are working hard so you can do so safely.”   

Any residents who have any questions can contact the local elections team at Braintree District Council on 01376 552525 or visit the council website to find out more about postal or proxy voting:   

Anyone who would like to find out more about postal votes can visit here:   

The deadline for Braintree District Council receiving postal vote applications is 5pm Tuesday 20 April 2021.   

The deadline for Braintree District Council receiving proxy applications to vote is 5pm Thursday 27 April 2021. 

Published: 3rd March 2021