Brigg people who are planning to exercise their democratic right to vote later this week need to be aware of some important advice and a few changes to normal practice, resulting from the Coronavirus emergency.
Brigg and scores of other settlements will be going to the polls on Thursday (May 6) in an election to decide the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Humberside police area. Voting hours will be 7am to 10pm.
Those Brigg residents who are used to voting in the Angel Suite should note that it has been replaced by the Buttercross for Thursday's election.
The historic building in the Market Place has a lift as well as stairs leading to the first floor where people will be putting their crosses on ballot papers.
North Lincolnshire Council is our local electoral authority; its tasks include sending out the polling cards and supervising polling stations.
The council will be providing hand sanitisers on Thursday and have measures in place to help with social distancing.
It also says: "People are being asked to bring their own pen or pencil and wear a mask while in the polling stations."
Steve Pintus, Northern Lincolnshire’s Director of Public Health, said: “We have worked hard to ensure people can exercise their democratic rights safely on May 6th.
“All polling stations have been assessed as Covid-19 secure, but we do need the support of local people to make voting as safe as possible.
"Numbers entering polling stations will be restricted.
“Crucially, if people have symptoms or have been told to self-isolate they should not attend a polling station in person.
“Please remember that even if you have been vaccinated you still need to follow the guidelines to stop the spread.
“These measures may add to the time it takes to vote and we ask for people to be patient."
Those who cannot make it to the polling station can apply to vote by proxy - the deadline being "before 5pm on Thursday, May 6." To find out how to apply, call the helplines 01724 296245 or 01724 297000.
And finally, you do NOT need to have a polling card with you to be eligible to vote.
HUMBERSIDE POLICE & CRIME COMMISSIONER NOMINATED CANDIDATES, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Jonathon Evison, home address given in Barton Upon Humber, The Conservative Party Candidate.
Keith Hunter, address in Haltemprice & Howden, Labour and Co-operative Party.
Bob Morgan, address in East Riding of Yorkshire, Liberal Democrats.
Follow this link to read statements from the three candidates...
PICTURE CREDIT: North Lincolnshire Council - www.northlincs.gov.uk