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Local elections to take place on 6 May

by Jonathan Kearney

A number of elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 6 May.

In Knowsley, this includes 17 Council seats, a vote for the Mayor of the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority and the election of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Merseyside.

These elections were postponed last year due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Government has considered the implications of the ongoing pandemic and has confirmed its intention for these elections to proceed this year.  A number of measures will be put in place to help ensure polling stations are safe for everyone to use.  These include additional (and regular) cleaning of polling stations, the use of protective screens between staff and electors, the introduction of social distancing and queuing measures (which may result in electors having to wait outdoors for a period) and the requirement for people attending polling stations to wear face coverings.  Hand sanitiser will be available for use by electors who may also choose to take their own pen or pencil to mark their ballot papers if they so wish.

Postal voting

If you would prefer not to attend a polling station for any reason, you may wish to apply for a postal vote instead.  More people than ever are likely to opt for a postal vote this year. This is a safe and secure way to vote and enables you to cast your vote ahead of the election day.

The deadline for receipt of postal applications by the Council is Tuesday 20 April.

To apply to vote by post you need to download, print and fill in the postal vote application form on the Electoral Commission website.

You should return the application to:

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council
Electoral Registration Officer
PO Box 21
Archway Road
L36 9YU

If you know someone who would like to vote by post but doesn’t have access to the internet or a printer they can contact Knowsley’s Electoral Registration team on 0151 443 2222. You can also email elections@knowsley.gov.uk for assistance.

Voting by proxy

If you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can ask someone you trust to cast your vote for you. You can find more information about applying for a proxy vote on the Electoral Commission website and on the Knowsley Council website.

Register to vote

If you wish to vote in the election but have not registered you can do so online.  You will need your National Insurance number to register. You must be 18 or over to be eligible to vote.

You can find more information about voting and elections in Knowsley on the Council website.