Guidance on Safe Voting in tomorrow’s local elections

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Buckinghamshire Council have passed us details regarding tomorrow’s local elections. It contains various important details to make the voting process as covid-safe as possible.

Regarding who is actually standing for election in Marlow, we would add:

(1) Buckinghamshire Council – there are 3 areas relevant for our town , with 3 Councillors to be elected in each case. See https://www.buckscc.gov.uk/services/community/research/boundary-maps/ for details, but in summary:

  • “Flackwell Heath, Little Marlow & Marlow South East”- covers an area which is approx East of Glade Road, South of Little Marlow Road
  • “Chiltern Villages” .. includes Marlow Bottom
  • “Marlow” – everywhere else in Marlow

(2) Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner

WHO IS STANDING? For both of the above – just visit https://wheredoivote.co.uk/ and enter your postcode. You will find out WHERE to vote, and then click the link for details on candidates.

(3) Marlow Town Council

Marlow town is split into 3 Wards, as below

  • Marlow North & West (Seven Councillors to be elected)
  • Marlow South (Two Councillors to be elected)
  • Marlow South East (Three Councillors to be elected)

WHO IS STANDING? There is a handy map of the wards here, and candidates are listed on Marlow Town Council website

NB Marlow Bottom does not have local council elections – not enough candidates stood to contest the available positions.


All the polling day info from Bucks CC


Elections for Buckinghamshire Council, Town and Parish Councils and the Thames Valley Police and Crime Commissioner are taking place tomorrow, Thursday, 6 May. Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

We have worked hard to ensure that all of our polling stations are COVID-19 secure places to vote. To find your polling station look here: https://wheredoivote.co.uk/

We are recommending that voters bring their own pens/pencils. There will be pencils available if voters forget their own which they will need to take away with them once used.

You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as clear signage, hand sanitiser, and face coverings. Where possible, dependent on the venue, one-way entrance and exits will be in place. Electors will be asked to social distance and that may mean that during busier periods electors may need to wait outside the polling station until some electors have left. All polling stations will be cleaned regularly through the day.

Unless you are exempt, masks will need to be worn by everyone coming into a polling station, including the people staffing it. If a voter arrives without a mask, there will be masks available for them to use at the polling station. Staff will be behind protective screens and don’t have to wear a mask when behind a screen, but they may choose to wear one.

We do ask that voters do not attend their polling station if they have COVID symptoms or are required to self-isolate.

If you are unable to vote in person at your polling station on 6 May because you are self-isolating as a result of government or medical advice, and have not registered for a postal vote, you may apply for an emergency proxy vote here: https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/sites/default/files/2021-04/Emergency%20employment%20proxy%20vote%20application%20form.pdf

A completed emergency proxy application form must be submitted to Electoral Services at Buckinghamshire Council before 5pm on 6 May, before the proxy can vote in the elector’s polling station on their behalf. Forms then need to be emailed to proxyvote@buckinghamshire.gov.uk and the emergency proxy’s email address must be provided.

Votes for the Buckinghamshire Council and Town and Parish councils are being counted on Saturday 8 May. Each of the four count venues have been made COVID-19 secure.

Results will be published on our website

https://www.buckinghamshire.gov.uk/your-council/council-and-democracy/election-and-voting/

Article author: Paul Merchant

About the author: Founded MyMarlow.co.uk in its original version back in 2000 - yes the internet DID exist back then. Brought up in Marlow, went to school here, now has children at the same schools. Quite clearly loves all things Marlow - hence spending nearly 2 decades doing this!

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