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Candidates standing in county council May election announced

Published: 13 April 2021

The names of all the candidates standing for Derbyshire County Council in the local elections on 6 May 2021 have been announced.

All 64 seats across the county will be contested by 254 candidates as the new county council is elected for the first time in 4 years.

Voters can find out who is standing in their area and what party they represent, area by area, division by division, and see lists with candidates’ names and the parties they represent.

Prospective councillors are campaigning for the right to make important decisions on council matters including spending on services like schools, roads, caring for older people and vulnerable people, safeguarding children and waste and recycling.

The deadline for registering to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April, and people who are not certain they are registered should check. If they are not registered by this deadline they will not be able to cast their vote on 6 May in the county council elections, the election for the Derbyshire Police and Crime Commissioner and any local district, borough or by election in their area being held on the same day.

We are encouraging people to use their vote on 6 May and not miss the chance to decide who runs the authority for the next 4 years and represent more than 803,000 local people.

The county council elections are being run at a local level by district and borough councils, and residents can find out more about registering to vote and what is happening on polling day in their area by visiting their local district or borough council website directly.

All local election officers have been working hard to put in place extra measures to ensure polling stations are safe, covid-secure places to visit on 6 May.

Residents voting in person may notice some changes to usual arrangements which will be in place to keep them and polling station staff safe and protected, including the use of screens where necessary, hand sanitising stations and, in some places, marshals who will help with social-distancing should queues form.

Measures in place may slightly differ from venue to venue, but all polling stations will have been fully risk-assessed to ensure they are covid-secure.

Due to the extra measures, polling stations may be busier than usual and people are being warned that it may take slightly longer than usual to cast their vote at busier times.

If people are not able to visit a polling station or prefer not to, there are alternative ways of voting which should be applied for in advance via their district or borough council. These are a proxy vote or a postal vote or an emergency proxy vote which can be applied for up to 5pm on 6 May, if for example someone is self-isolating, has tested positive for coronavirus or has coronavirus symptoms.

Registered voters may have already received their polling cards from their district or borough council through the post, and if not they should arrive shortly. The polling card will tell people where their polling station is. However, residents registered to vote do not need their polling card to vote.

Polling stations will be open on Thursday 6 May from 7am to 10pm.

The votes are being counted on Friday 7 May and results from all divisions will be published as they are received

People can also register to receive results by email. Results will also be available by following us on Twitter and Facebook on 7 May.