Hertfordshire local elections 2021: Here's everything Dacorum residents need to know about voting in person on May 6
Hertfordshire County Council and Police and Crime Commissioner elections are taking place
The elections on Thursday, May 6, will determine which individuals are elected to represent residents of Hertfordshire as their local county councillor.
There are 78 County Councillor seats in Hertfordshire, with each seat representing a different area of the county.
There are 10 county councillors elected from divisions in Dacorum, which focuses around the Hemel Hempstead area.
Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Green candidates are standing in every one of the county council seats within Dacorum – with a Reform candidate standing in Bridgewater and independent Jan Maddern in Hemel Hempstead South East.
When is the election? Which elections are taking place?
The election, which usually takes place every four years, was originally scheduled to be held in May 2020, but was postponed due to the pandemic.
The election will therefore be held this year on Thursday, May 6. Residents in Hertfordshire will be voting for County Councillors as part of these local elections.
Residents will also be voting for the Police and Crime Commissioner and some parts of Hertfordshire will have District and Borough Council elections.
All polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on the day of poll. You can vote at any time within this window. If you are still in a queue waiting to vote at 10pm, you will be able to vote before the polls close.
How do residents know if they are registered to vote?
Those who were registered to vote in the last election and whose details, such as their address, have not changed, they will automatically be registered to vote.
If in doubt, it is advised that residents check with their local Electoral Registration Office: Contact your local Electoral Registration Office.
Is voting in person safe?
Polling stations will be safe places to vote. For those who choose to vote in person, they can keep themselves and others safe by:
> wearing a face covering
> bringing their own pen or pencil
> cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station
> keeping a safe distance.
Anyone with symptoms of Covid-19, or who has been asked to self-isolate, should not attend the polling station.
Hertfordshire County Council will continue to follow the most up to date public health guidance as they prepare for the elections.
Where can I go to vote?
If you have registered to vote you will have received a poll card through the post. On your poll card you will find the details of your polling station under the 'voting information' section.
The full list of polling stations in Dacorum is as follows:
All Saints Church Hall, Shrublands Road, Berkhamsted
Bridgewater Primary School, Bridle Way, Berkhamsted
The Court House, Church Lane, Berkhamsted
Kings Road Church, Kings Road, Berkhamsted
Swing Gate Infant School, Swing Gate Lane, Berkhamsted
Berkhamsted Lawn Tennis and Squash Rackets Club, Lower Kings Road, Berkhamsted
The Sports Pavilion, Church Road, Little Gaddesden
Potten End Village Hall Reading Room, Potten End, Berkhamsted
The Methodist Church Hall, Trowley Hill Road, Flamstead,
Markyate Village Hall, Cavendish Road, Markyate
Great Gaddesden Parish Hall, Dagnall Road, Great Gaddesden
Gaddesden Row Community Hall, Gaddesden Row
Northchurch Social Centre, Bell Lane, Northchurch
Lagley Hall, Douglas Gardens, Berkhamsted
Hobletts Manor Junior School, Adeyfield Road, Hemel Hempstead
Adeyfield Community Centre, Queens Square, Hemel Hempstead
Parish Hall, Ritcroft Street, Hemel Hempstead
Leverstock Green Village Hall, Village Centre, Hemel Hempstead
Hobbs Hill Wood Primary School, Peascroft Road, Hemel Hempstead
Woodhall Farm Community Centre, Datchet Close, Hemel Hempstead
Brockswood Primary School, Shenley Road, Hemel Hempstead
Grovehill Community Centre, Henry Wells Square, Hemel Hempstead
St Thomas Indian Orthodox Church, St Agnells Lane, Hemel Hempstead
Warners End Community Centre, Stoneycroft, Hemel Hempstead
Gt Sturgess Communal Hall, Great Sturgess Road, Hemel Hempstead
Chaulden Community Centre, Long Chaulden, Hemel Hempstead
Gadebridge Community Centre, Galley Hill, Hemel Hempstead
Apsley Community Centre, London Road, Hemel Hempstead
Tudor Primary School, Redwood Drive, Hemel Hempstead
Bennetts End Community Centre, Gatecroft, Hemel Hempstead
Belswains Primary School, Barnfield, Hemel Hempstead
Belmont Baptist Hall, Belmont Road, Hemel Hempstead
Nash Mills Village Hall, 4 Lower Road, Nash Mills
George Street Primary School, George Street, Hemel Hempstead
Highfield Hall, Bellgate, Fletcher Way, Hemel Hempstead
Church Lounge, Carey Baptist Church, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead
St Pauls Church Hall, Solway, Hemel Hempstead
Communal Hall, Old House Road, Adeyfield, Hemel Hempstead
Two Waters Primary School, High Ridge Close, Hemel Hempstead
St Francis Parish Hall, Glenview Road, Hemel Hempstead
Camelot, Chaulden Lane, Hemel Hempstead
South Hill Centre, Cemetery Hill, Hemel Hempstead
Memorial Hall, High Street, Bovingdon
The Village Hall, Flaunden
Chipperfield Youth Club, The Common, Chipperfield
Bourne End Village Hall, Bourne End, Hemel Hempstead
Boys Brigade H Q, Felden Lane, Felden, Hemel Hempstead
The Community Centre, Rucklers Lane, Kings Langley
All Saints Church Hall, Church Lane, Kings Langley
Methodist Church Hall, Hempstead Road, Kings Langley
Tring Ridgeway Scout Hall, Adjacent to 35 Grove Road, Tring
Nora Grace Hall, Faversham Close, Tring
Tring Community Centre, Silk Mill Way, Tring
New Mill Baptist Church, New Road, New Mill, Tring
Goldfield Infants School, Christchurch Road, Tring
Roman Catholic Church Hall, Langdon Street, Tring
Long Marston Victory Hall, Long Marston
Wilstone Village Hall, 51 Tring Road, Wilstone
The Iron Room, Tring Station, Tring
Memorial Hall, Aldbury
St Bartholomews Church, Hemp Lane, Wigginton
Parish Hall, Ritcroft Street, Hemel Hempstead.
What happens if residents fall ill with Covid-19 or need to self-isolate at the last minute?
For those who are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of Covid-19 shortly before polling day, or on the day itself, they don’t need to miss out on their vote.
They will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote – where someone they trust can vote on their behalf. The electoral registration team at local councils will be able to advise residents on what they need to do to arrange this.
Will residents need to bring their own pen or pencil?
Residents are advised to bring their own pen and pencil to minimise contact.
There will be clean pencils available at the polling station for those who forget to bring their own.
What safety measures are in place at the polling station?
Polling stations are prepared and ready to make voting in this year's election a safe experience for everyone. You can expect to see many of the measures you've become used to in shops and other indoor spaces, including hand sanitising stations and one-way operating systems.
You will be required to wear a face mask or covering when you enter the polling station (unless you are exempt). If you forget to bring your own, polling station staff will be on hand to provide disposable face masks.
To minimise contact with others, please bring your own pen or pencil to fill out your ballot paper. Again, staff will be able to provide sanitised writing materials if you forget.
You may find that you will have to queue outside the polling station before you vote. This is to make sure that everyone inside the polling station can maintain a safe distance from one another. Windows and doors will also remain open throughout the day to ensure that our polling stations are well ventilated.
Additional staff will be on hand to assist with doorway management, one-way operating systems and regular cleaning of polling booths. All staff working in the polling stations will be requested to take a rapid response COVID-19 test at least 24 hours before polling day.
When will the results be announced?
Hertfordshire County Council election results will be announced on Saturday, May 8.
The result of the Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner election, and the Dacorum Borough Council by-election results, will be announced on Monday, May 10.