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Sandwell voters prepare to cast votes in elections on Thursday 6 May

Published 27th April 2021

Residents in Sandwell are preparing to cast their votes in next week’s elections.

Elections will be held in Sandwell for local Councillors, the Mayor of the West Midlands – who will lead the West Midlands Combined Authority – and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC).

Numerous safety precautions have been put in place at polling stations to ensure they are fully COVID-compliant, with voters being reminded to wear face coverings unless they are medically exempt.

As social distancing will be enforced at polling stations, voters may need to queue outside during busy times. Voters are also encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil to mark their ballot paper. A pencil will be provided for anyone who doesn’t have one.

Polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm as normal on 6 May. For full details visit our elections information pages.

Returning Officer David Stevens said: “Next week’s elections are an opportunity to have your say on who represents you on issues that directly affect day-to-day life here in Sandwell.

“We have everything in place so that you can cast your vote safely at polling stations in Sandwell.

“You can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over the past year, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face coverings.”

Martin Reeves, Returning Officer for the elections of West Midlands Mayor and Police and Crime Commissioner, encouraged people to cast their votes:

“Elections teams across the region have worked really hard to make sure that it is safe and secure to cast your vote this year.

“Each and every polling station will be Covid-compliant, with teams on hand to ensure that social distancing is in place, the stations are well-ventilated and hand sanitiser is available.

“Every vote counts, so don’t waste yours.”

Counting for the local elections will start at 11am on Friday 7 May and the results of the 27 seats that will be contested in Sandwell will be declared that day. Results will be published on the council website.

Counting for the West Midlands Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections will take place on Saturday 8 May. The overall combined results from the seven West Midlands metropolitan areas will be made on Saturday 8 May at the Utilita Arena Birmingham (formerly the NIA).