Elections will take place for the Police and Crime Commissioner, West of England Combined Authority Mayor, the Mayor of Bristol and 70 local councillors for the 34 wards of Bristol.
It is the first time this number of elections will be held on one day, the second time all 70 Councillors will be up for election at once, and the third time a Bristol Mayor is voted for. The elections for the Police and Crime Commissioner, the Mayor of Bristol and local councillors were due to take place in 2020, but elections across the country were postponed due to Covid-19.
Returning Officer for Bristol Elections, Tim O’Gara, said: “The ballot box is being displayed to remind and encourage residents to vote in these elections. We want citizens to know that the council have been preparing to make these elections Covid-secure so that all electors can take part safely and confidently”.
Electors will be able to vote in person at the polling station on their poll card from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May. Staff will make sure that polling stations are Covid-secure by using one-way systems, social distancing, face coverings and sanitising. Voters are asked to follow Covid-related guidelines and are also invited to bring their own pencil if they prefer.
You should not attend the polling station if you have symptoms of Covid-19, or if you have been asked to self-isolate. If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of Covid-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, you don’t need to miss out on your vote. You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote where you can ask someone to vote on your behalf.
Find out more about the elections here.