People across Harborough are being urged to vote in Leicestershire County Council’s election - here are the dates and details

Residents are being encouraged to use their vote to shape the wide range of services delivered by the authority

Friday, 5th March 2021, 5:02 pm
People across Harborough are being urged to vote in Leicestershire County Council’s election on Thursday May 6.

People across Harborough are being urged to vote in Leicestershire County Council’s election on Thursday May 6.

Residents are being encouraged to use their vote to shape the wide range of services delivered by the authority.

They include adult social care, children's social care, public health, transport, education, planning, road maintenance, libraries, waste management and trading standards.

Arrangements are being put in place to ensure polling stations are safe places to cast ballots.

You can expect many of the measures that you’ve become used to over the last year amid the coronavirus pandemic - such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.

Postal votes are also an option and need to applied for by Tuesday April 20.

Graeme Wardle, head of member services at Leicestershire County Council, said: “I’d strongly encourage people to vote on May 6 and have their say on who represents them.

“Whether it’s road maintenance, recycling and waste, support for schools or social care, our services play a key part in everyday lives and by going to the polls, you can help to shape these for the next four years.”

He added: “Polling stations will be safe places to vote and you’re likely to see screens, hand sanitiser, social distancing floor markings and need to wear a face mask.

“We’ll continue to work closely with the Government and public health leads to make sure arrangements reflect the most up-to-date guidance.

“We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic, and you can also choose to apply to vote by post or proxy instead.”

The ‘use your vote’ campaign will run up until May across social media, newsletters and more.

The drive aims to encourage people to get involved in democracy and shape where they live.

You can find answers to questions and more information on the May 6 election at: www.leicestershire.gov.uk/election2021Key facts:

• There are 55 county councillors in Leicestershire - and all seats are up for grabs

• Around 550,000 people are eligible to vote

• People in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland can also vote in the Police and Crime Commissioner election on May 6.

Key dates:

• April 9: Election candidates published

• April 19: Deadline to register to vote

• April 20: Deadline to apply for a postal vote

• May 6: Polls open from 7am until 10pm

• May 7: Vote count starts at 11.30am.