Everyone should be able to cast their vote with confidence

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If you have registered to vote, casting that all important vote is something that should be done with confidence when visiting a polling station on Thursday 2 May.

On Thursday 2 May, voters in South Somerset will go to the polls to vote for the person(s) they wish to represent them at South Somerset District Council. At the same time, Town & Parish Council elections will also be taking place.

District Councillors play an important part of ensuring their community's needs are met by making sure that the council aims to work closely with its communities to improve the quality of life for all its resident. Councillors give attention to a wide range of issues when making decisions, the environment, prosperity, equalities and social inclusion.

Everyone should be able to cast their vote with confidence and there are certain things that should help you:

  • Each polling station will have a ramp or a separate entrance, to make sure it’s accessible
  • Each polling station will have a wheelchair accessible polling booth
  • You can ask to see a large print ballot paper or for a visual aid at the polling station, if you need help to see the ballot paper
  • You can ask for a tactile voting device at the polling station, if you need help to cast your vote
  • You can take your assistance dog into the polling station with you
  • The Presiding Officer at the polling station can help you to cast your vote if you need them to
  • Your carer or support worker can help you to cast your vote if you need them to
  • Ask at the polling station if you need help to cast your vote

Alex Parmley, Electoral Registration Officer for South Somerset District Council said, “Voting is your chance to have your say on how the district is run. We aim to ensure it is easy for everyone who has registered to cast their vote. There are many people that simply don’t vote because they fear stepping into a polling station, but the staff will help you cast your vote or assist you as much as possible so that you vote with confidence.”

Local government elections select councillors who are responsible for making decisions on running key services in your local area including planning, housing, parks, waste management and leisure. There are 60 seats being elected in South Somerset District Council on Thursday 2 May, all of which represent wards within South Somerset.

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