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Cornwall Council is committed to delivering covid-safe elections

Cornwall Council is committed to delivering safe elections in May 2021. 

On Thursday, May 6, elections are due to be held for Cornwall Council, numerous Town and Parish Councils, and the Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Commissioner.  

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Cornwall Council is putting arrangements in place to ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. Voters can expect many of the measures they’ve become used to over recent months, such as the use of hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings. 

Residents can also vote by post or by nominating another individual to vote for them. 

Cornwall Council’s Chief Executive and Acting Returning Officer Kate Kennally said: “For many months our teams have been preparing to deliver covid-safe elections on May 6. 

“We are closely following the advice from the government and are working with our Public Health colleagues to ensure that the people of Cornwall can exercise their right to vote safely and allow their voices to be heard. 

Cornwall Council is recruiting poll clerks and counting staff. All staff will be provided with the appropriate personal protective equipment and additional covid-safe training will also be given.  

Poll clerks are paid £175 for the day along with £15 for online training. Count staff are paid £10 per hour for a daytime count and £15 per hour overnight.  You can apply online here 

To vote in these elections, anyone who is not registered or has recently moved must have registered by midnight on Monday, April 19. People must re-register if they’ve changed address, name or nationality. 

If you are already registered, you do not need to apply again unless your circumstances have recently changed. 

Further information about registering to vote can be found on the Electoral Commission website. 

Any decision to postpone the polls would be for the UK Government to make and be subject to parliamentary approval.