Getting ready to cast your vote in the upcoming elections

Elections Photo John Finnegan

On Thursday, May 6, residents in Thanet will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them at Kent County Council and also in by-elections for three Thanet district seats and one town council seat. Polls will also be open for Kent Police and Crime Commissioner and the Broadstairs Neighbourhood Plan referendum.

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballots – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote on their behalf, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

For those who choose to vote in person, there will be COVID safe polling stations on 6 May.

Ensuring you can vote safely

Following Public Health England and Electoral Commission guidance, polling staff:

  • Are wearing a facemask.
  • Are behind screens.
  • Wiping down surfaces in the polling booths and on the ballot boxes between voters.
  • Limiting the number of voters who can enter a polling station at one time.
  • Where possible ensuring that a one way system is in place and clearly marked.
  • Asking voters to bring their own pen.
  • Providing hand sanitiser for voters.

Social distancing requirements mean polling stations will operate differently and it may take longer to vote.

  • Polling station staff will not take poll cards from electors.
  • You may need to wait in a queue at busy times.
  • Small stations will be operating one in, one out and you may have to wait until you are asked to go in.

What will I need to do to vote safely?

  • Wear a facemask unless you’re exempt.
  • Use hand sanitiser before you enter the polling station.
  • Bring your own pen or pencil to mark your ballot paper.
  • Use any one way system in place.
  • Make sure you keep to social distancing measures in and around the polling station.

Madeline Homer, Electoral Returning Officer for Thanet District Council said: “It’s important to make sure your voice is heard at the elections in May and have a say on who represents you on issues that affect day-to-day life here in Thanet.

“You can vote either at a polling station, by post or by proxy. If you chose to vote in person, we are putting measures in place to help you cast your vote safely.

“We have all become accustomed to many of the COVID-safety measures to minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission over recent months and we would urge everyone to do the right thing: wear a face covering, use hand sanitiser, respect social distancing and bring a pen.

“We hope that everyone will understand that these actions are necessary to ensure the safety of voters and staff.”

There are government measures in place so anyone who needs to self-isolate with Coronavirus at short notice on or around polling day will still be able to vote with an emergency proxy vote. Those registered to vote can request this up to 5pm on 6 May 2021.

What elections are taking place?

  • Police & Crime Commissioner Election
  • Kent County Council Election
  • Newington Ward By Election
  • Dane Valley By Election
  • Central Harbour Ward By Election
  • Broadstairs Neighbourhood Plan Referendum
  • Ramsgate Town Council Central Harbour By Election

Candidate overviews will be published on The Isle of Thanet News later today (April 9)


  1. Let’s just hope we get people elected that actually listen to what the public want!!!!!!!!!

  2. If voters simply go for the same old parties with the same old people they will simply get the same old councils. That’s how it works.

  3. Let’s just hope that someone gets into RTC that actually thinks of what and listens to the residents of ramsgate rather than working towards their own agendas for their gains and wasting £10,000 of taxpayers money on a Jr through the backdoor of their solicitor.

  4. RTC did what they were supposed to do and used some of their funds in an attempt to help protect Ramsgate and its residents from a very damaging plan by what is widely thought of as a very dodgy bunch of people.

    • Since when did they ever ask the residents what their intentions were or ask yourself why did they pay the money through the backdoor and not through the donation site?, do they have something to hide or I repeat is it just a few cllrs with a own agenda. I would also be careful with your slander remarks unless you have any proof.

  5. If Ms Rees is referring to what I think she is, then surely an MD who is an ex solicitor, struck of for multiple counts of embezzelling clients’ funds, the orchestrator of multiple business enterprises, would wear the mantle “very dodgy” quite well.
    I don’t understand your reference to RTC’s paying money by the “back door”. The elected representatives agreed in an open, minuted meeting by democratic vote to make the donation. Challenges by one or two aggrieved councillors and a well-known contributor to these pages (she has a QC friend who advises her) came to nought.

    • I could bring up some of the cllrs past but I won’t because this is not the everyone is not as innocent as you make out. As for making out that RTC has not done anything wrong, correct procedures were not followed. The true will out.

      • If they are no longer councillors there’s not much point referring to themhere. Unless they’re now standing for election.

  6. When will the aviation vocal minority get over the fact that RTC were democratically elected (most on an anti Manston footing) and then took a vote on the JR contribution. Honestly, get over it, stop throwing your toys out of the pram because you want to subvert democracy. As Roger Gale would say.

    I can’t get back my tax from TDC spending hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of thousands on various dead duck ideas I don’t like, including numerous funds spent on attempting to find someone, anyone, who could provide an expert evidence based report that Manston was viable. They couldn’t find any such organisation.

    Move on or move to Gatwick. Even without the RTC contribution the JR fund pot did very well all of its own. Funny that.

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