Cornwall Council is reminding residents who want to vote by post in the May 2021 elections to submit their applications on time.

On Thursday May 6, elections will be held for Cornwall Council, Town and Parish Councils, and the Devon and Cornwall Police Crime Commissioner.

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot including in person, by post, or by proxy vote which involves nominating a trusted person to go ahead and vote in their place.

Kate Kennally, returning officer for Cornwall Council, said: "We know that many people, particularly those who are clinically or extremely vulnerable, may be concerned about leaving their home to vote.

"Measures are being put in place to ensure that polling stations will be safe but we’d encourage anyone who would prefer to vote by post or by proxy to apply as soon as possible.

"We want to ensure that everybody who wants to vote feels confident doing so in whichever way they choose."

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Residents who want to vote by post or by proxy can request an application form by calling Cornwall Council on 0300 1231 115 or you can download them from the Cornwall Council website.

The form must be printed and signed with a signature by pen as digital signatures cannot be accepted.

Once completed, applications forms can be sent to Cornwall Council by post.

Alternatively you can scan the completed form and send a copy as an email attachment (as a PDF or JPEG file) to:

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the elections on May 6 2021 is 5pm on Tuesday April 20.