With poll cards hitting door mats and a number of changes to local polling stations for the May elections, one of the most common questions is ‘where do I vote?’
To reduce confusion, we've installed a poll station location finder on our website – www.hertsmere.gov.uk/May2021elections - that enables residents to find out where they vote simply by entering their address into the search bar.
Sam Langford, Electoral Services Manager for Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “It is essential residents know where and how to vote, so this online tool is a great resource for people who may have misplaced their poll card or are unsure where they need to go.
“With changes to a number of polling stations due to coronavirus social distancing measures and government guidelines, it's essential our residents know where their poll station is and how to ensure they can vote safely. The polling station finder on our website is quick and easy to use.”
Hertsmere currently uses around 50 different locations across the borough, including village and church halls, schools and community centres.
There are nine changes to polling stations:
• Borehamwood and Elstree Synagogue, Croxdale Road in Borehamwood replaces St Michaels and All Angels.
• St Michaels and All Angels Church Hall, Brook Road/Gateshead Road in Borehamwood replaces Cowley Hill School
• The Venue Leisure Centre, Elstree Way in Borehamwood replaces The British Legion
• Bushey Grove Leisure Centre, Aldenham Road in Bushey replaces Bushey Manor School
• Bushey Rangers Clubhouse, The Moatfield, Bournehall Lane in Bushey replaces Bournehall Primary School
• Bushey Community Centre, High Street in Bushey replaces Bushey Museum
• St Margaret's Sports Centre, Merry Hill Road in Bushey replaces Merryhill Infant School
• Elstree Screen Arts Academy, Studio Way in Borehamwood replaces The Toby Carvery
• Shenley Methodist Church, London Road in Shenley replaces Shenley Village Hall
Are you registered to vote?
It only takes five minutes - you could do it while running a bath or waiting for a bus! To register visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. You will be need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number in addition to the usual details of your name, address, previous address and nationality. The deadline to register to vote is midnight Monday 19 April.
Voting in person at a polling station
If you want to vote in person and are registered, a poll card will be sent to you about five weeks before the election. If you have not received a poll card please contact our Electoral Services team on 020 8207 7481 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The card tells you where you should vote – you can only vote at your allocated polling station. You do not need your poll card to vote.
Voting by post
If you are registered for a postal vote you will be sent your ballot paper approximately two weeks before the election and you will need to post it back to us. To vote by post you need to apply and forms have to be completed and returned by 5pm on Tuesday 20 April.
Voting by proxy
Proxy voting means another person can vote on your behalf. To vote by proxy, you will have completed a form and returned it to the Electoral Services team by 5pm on Thursday 27 April.
You can have someone vote on your behalf if:
• You will be away on holiday
• You have to work away from home
• You are ill or in hospital
• You are clinically extremely vulnerable
If you are unsure if you are registered to vote or want a hard copy of any of the application forms please call 020 8207 7481 or email email@example.com
For information on elections in your area, how to register to vote, how to apply to vote by post of proxy, visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter.
Visit our May 2021 elections for more information.
Posted on Monday 29th March 2021