Local elections in Eden coming soon: what you need to know

Elections in Eden will be going ahead in May, with extra safety measures to ensure COVID safety.

District ward by-elections for Hartside and Skelton wards and Parish by-elections for Penrith Town and Alston Moor Parish councils will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. The Police and Crime commissioner election will also be going ahead on the same day.

Eden District Council is encouraging people to register for a postal vote ahead of elections day. You must be registered to vote to apply for a postal vote.  Deadline for registration is Monday 19 April.

Postal votes are a secure way to have your say in the important democratic process, and with COVID-19, it can give you the peace of mind to take part in a safe way.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the upcoming May elections is 5.00pm on Tuesday 20 April. 

If you would like to request a postal vote application form that is pre-printed with your name, address, and a barcode to speed up your application, contact Eden District Council by calling 01768 817817 or emailing elections@eden.gov.uk.

Alternatively, you can download a postal voting form by visiting the Electoral Commission website at www.electoralcommission.org.uk

Royal Mail is also promoting the use of its priority post boxes for the upcoming local elections.

Royal Mail has over 34,000 priority post boxes with late collection times after 4pm, and in many cases, an earlier collection time as well. Almost half of these priority post boxes have a collection between 3pm and 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday too.

Priority post boxes were introduced to help with the collection and onward delivery of COVID test kits, but as elections are also a priority mailing, Royal Mail is promoting the use of the enhanced collection service for this purpose.

Postal voters can visit www.royalmail.com/priority-postboxes to find out where their nearest priority post box is in their area.