RESIDENTS of Barrow Borough are being urged to make every effort to cast their vote today, as the polling stations open.

Every adult eligible to vote in the borough has the opportunity to have their say on who becomes Cumbria’s next Police and Crime Commissioner.

In two wards of Barrow - Hindpool and Roosecote - there are by-elections and residents in those areas will also be asked to vote for the candidate they would like to represent them on Barrow Borough Council.

A spokesperson for the council said: “It is so important that as many people as possible make the effort to visit their local polling station and cast their vote. Elections are such a crucial part of living in a democratic society and by having your say, you are ensuring your voice is heard. Polling stations are open until 10pm, so there is plenty of time to get out and make sure you cast your vote.”

Everybody attending their local polling station must ensure they arrive wearing a face covering and follow the guidelines relating to hand sanitising and social distancing.

Members of the public are also being asked to bring their own pen or pencil to vote where possible, to help reduce the use of shared items, although pencils will be available at all polling stations for voters who come without.