Make sure you’re ready to have your say on 6 May

5 May 2021

With just a day left until London goes to the polls on 6 May, Brent Council is urging voters to get ready to vote.

Across Brent, voters will have their say in the Mayor of London and London Assembly elections, and those living in Brondesbury Park will also be able to take part in the by-election for their local councillor.

Measures will be in place to make polling stations as safe as possible on 6 May. People voting in person are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

  • Wearing a face covering
  • Bringing their own pen or pencil
  • Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
  • Keeping a safe distance from others
  • Getting a rapid Covid-19 test beforehand

Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. Anyone who develops symptoms, or is asked to self-isolate shortly before polling day, has up to 5pm on polling day to apply for an emergency proxy vote. This allows them to nominate someone they trust to vote on their behalf.

Carolyn Downs, Constituency Returning Officer for Brent and Harrow, said:

“Your poll card will tell you where to find your polling station. Make sure you check the information on your poll card, as your station might have changed since the last elections. You do not need your poll card to vote, however, we encourage you to bring it with you to make the process quicker and more efficient.

“Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May. Voters who have opted to vote by post must return their postal ballot pack by 10pm; they can hand it in at their polling station if they don’t have time to return it by post.”

Ailsa Irvine, Director of Electoral Administration and Guidance at the Electoral Commission, said:

“If you are voting in person, make sure you remember to bring your face covering and a pen or pencil with you. At the polling station, help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures, including sanitising your hands and keeping a safe distance from others.

“If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of Covid-19, you don’t need to lose your vote. You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote so that someone you trust can vote on your behalf.”

For further information on how to apply for an emergency proxy, voters should contact the electoral registration team at Brent Council by emailing or by calling 020 8937 1372.

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