Grab your pencils as it has been confirmed that local elections will go ahead in May this year! All residents eligible to vote will be invited to cast their decisions for their local councillor as well as an elected Mayor of West Yorkshire. The Mayor will Chair the West Yorkshire Combined Authority and oversee West Yorkshire’s £1.8 billion Devolution Deal. Kirklees Council have outlined plans and are undertaking risk assessment of each polling station to ensure voting can be done in a socially distanced way.
As a result, some polling stations may change in location, however, affected voters will receive a letter detailing such changes. There will be a limit as to how many voters can enter each station at any one time. As a result, you may have to queue outside. Face masks must be worn unless you have a medical exemption. You must also bring a pen / pencil with you to cast your vote.
As always, postal voting is another alternative way to cast your vote. If you opt for this method, a ballot paper will be sent to you prior to the election for you to complete and return which means you do not need to attend your polling station on the day of the elections. if you are thinking of using this method, you are urged to apply now to ensure your application is processed early and is sent to you with good time.
If you would like to vote by post you can do one of the following:Email your name and address details to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will send you an application form or;Telephone the Electoral Services Team on 01484 221650 during normal office hours or;Download an application form from the Kirklees Council website: https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/postalvoting.
Jacqui Gedman, Chief Executive and Returning Officer at Kirklees Council, said: “Over the course of the pandemic we’ve faced many challenges, including how we deliver the services that local people rely on. Organising elections, whilst we’re combating the COVID-19 pandemic, brings with it a number of challenges and we’re confident of delivering these elections in the safest way possible.”“Our Elections Team is working closely with colleagues in Public Health in preparation with the priority being the safety of residents and our staff and volunteers.
For any further information or advice please contact Electoral Services:Email: email@example.com or Telephone: 01484 221650 (during normal office hours).