Council asks voters to bring their own pen or pencil to help keep polling stations safe

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. 

Ahead of the elections on May 6 2021, Braintree District Council is working hard to ensure the polling stations are safe places for voters and staff.

Residents had until 20th April 2021 to apply for a postal vote. Postal votes in the district have risen by 2579 people compared to last year.

The council has issued more details on how polling stations will be safe places to vote.

Voters will be asked to:

•             wear a face covering (unless exempt)

•             bring their own pen or pencil

•             use hand sanitiser when entering and leaving the polling station

•             keep to social distancing guidelines and follow any one way systems in place

Voters should not visit the polling station if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate. In these circumstances voters will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote instead from 27 April.

Andy Wright, Electoral Registration Officer for Braintree District Council, said: “Polling stations will be safe places to vote 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 one way systems.”   

Any residents who have any questions can contact the local elections team at Braintree District Council on 01376 552525 or visit the council website:

Published: 21st April 2021