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Richmondshire residents going to the polls in May will receive their poll card letters which drop through letterboxes this week.

The letters – issued instead of the usual poll cards – give more details on the covid safe polling stations. The District Council is ensuring they are safe places to attend and because maintaining social distancing rules in two of the usual stations is not possible they have been moved to an alternative venue.

Electors of Arkengarthdale will be asked to attend Reeth District Memorial Hall and electors of St Martins will be asked to go to Richmond Methodist Hall in Dundas Street.

The district goes to the polls on May 6 to elect the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner.

Any electors unable to attend their allocated polling station has other options for casting their vote to choose from –  by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote it is 5pm on 27 April.

Tony Clark, Electoral Registration Officer for Richmondshire District Council said: “After full consideration of the guidance relating to covid19 and social distancing measures, we have had to take the decision that we cannot use two venues as polling stations for this election.   The safety of our staff and the electors is paramount.”

For more information about how to apply to vote by post or proxy go to: www.richmondshire.gov.uk/elections2021  However you choose to vote, you must be registered – the easiest way to register is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

The deadline to register to vote for the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday 19 April.

For further information on elections, how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy, visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter.

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