Eastleigh Borough goes to the polls this Thursday 6 May – and the Council’s Elections team has been working to ensure that voting in person is COVID safe.
Residents will be voting for candidates in Borough, County and Town and Parish Council elections, as well as the poll for the office of Police and Crime Commissioner.
We have produced a video outlining the measures we have taken to reduce the risk of infection and ensure social distancing at our 69 polling stations.
Voters are being asked to remember to wear a face covering - and to bring their own pen or pencil (although these will be available at the polling stations)
You should not share a car with anyone from outside your household or your support bubble. You should follow the guidance on safer travel for passengers, which includes advice on private cars and other vehicles. Car sharing is not permitted with someone from outside your household or your support bubble unless your journey is undertaken for an exempt reason. For example, if car sharing is reasonably necessary as part of your work
Campaigners should not transport electors in private vehicles in order to access polling stations given the risk to public health. This means you should not offer lifts or facilitate car sharing.
With public safety in mind, the Returning Officer recommended that Tellers should not attend Polling stations this year. However, there are no official guidelines for this from the Electoral Commission who advise Tellers to maintain social distancing. Should Tellers choose to attend Polling Stations, they should follow Covid safety measures and maintain good social distance and not obstruct exits or entrances. Our inspectors will be visiting Polling Stations throughout the day to ensure this is adhered to.