Have your say at local elections

Today is the final deadline for Milton Keynes residents to make sure they are registered to vote before the borough goes to the polls on Thursday 6 May.

Milton Keynes ward councillors, some parish councillors and a Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley will be elected this year in polls postponed from May 2020.

Register to vote

The deadline for applications to register to vote is midnight tonight (Monday 19 April). It takes less than five minutes to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and all that is needed is a date of birth and national insurance number. Residents that have already received a Poll Card do not need to register again.

Voting safely

Polling stations will be safe places to vote in May. Many of the COVID-19 safety precautions that voters will be accustomed to in shops will be in place at polling stations, such as hand sanitiser, anti-bacterial wipes, face coverings and one-way systems.

Alternatives to voting in person

Instead of visiting a polling station, you can instead:

Apply for a postal vote: Applications must be received by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April. Application forms are available at www.gov.uk/voting-in-the-uk/postal-voting and must be printed, completed and then a clear images emailed to Postal.Votes@milton-keynes.gov.uk. All households were invited to apply for a postal vote in late February and since then the Council has processed over 10,00 new applications.

Apply to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf: Applications must be received by 5pm on 27 April.

Application forms are available at www.gov.uk/government/collections/proxy-voting-application-forms and must be printed, completed and then clear images emailed to proxy.votes@milton-keynes.gov.uk.

The person appointed as a proxy must go to the electors allocated polling station and there are limits on the number of people one person can act as a proxy for.