Sheffield's polling stations will be safe for people to vote, assures council

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The city’s polling stations are being made Covid secure so people can vote safely during restrictions.

On Thursday, May 6 there will be a number of elections – Sheffield councillors, the South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner and a referendum on whether Sheffield Council governance system should change.

There will also be parish council by-elections in the Burncross, Chapeltown and High Green wards of Ecclesfield Parish Council.

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There is still time to apply for a postal vote. Application forms were sent out with every polling card when they were issued in March but you can also apply here – the deadline is 5pm on Tuesday, April 20.

Sheffield Town Hall polling station. Picture: Chris EtchellsSheffield Town Hall polling station. Picture: Chris Etchells
Sheffield Town Hall polling station. Picture: Chris Etchells

If you prefer to cast your vote on the day, expect a few procedures at polling stations. There will be limits on the number of people allowed in at any one time, social distancing measures will be in place and there will be regular cleaning of all touch points.

Voters and staff will need to wear a face covering, unless they are exempt on medical grounds. Most importantly – bring your own pen or pencil to mark the ballot paper.

The council says it has carefully assessed each polling station to ensure that they can accommodate the Covid-secure measures and has identified three polling stations that will need to relocate.

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Orpen House and John Trickett House have been moved to Bagshawe Arms and Wharncliffe Arms respectively and Ecclesfield Red Rose Sports Ground changing rooms will be replaced by a large temporary cabin on the car park instead.


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