Postal votes to be sent out this week

Postal votes for the local and West Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayoral elections on 6 May begin to be sent out this week, with delivery taking place between 23 and 29 April. Wakefield Council is urging residents to return them as soon as possible.

People will receive instructions with their ballot paper on how to complete the postal vote. Postal ballot packs must be returned by close of poll – 10pm on 6 May. Residents are asked to return their postal votes promptly and are urged to use one of Royal Mail’s priority post boxes where possible. Voters can locate a priority box in their area at www.royalmail.com/priority-postboxes

Anyone with a postal vote cannot vote in person at a polling station. However, completed forms can be handed it in at any polling station within the same electoral area on the day of the election, any time up to 10pm. Postal votes can also be dropped off in the letter box at County Hall, Wakefield up to 10pm on election day.

Anyone who has not received their postal vote by Thursday 29 April should contact Electoral Services on 01924 305023 or by emailing elections@wakefield.gov.uk

Gillian Marshall

Wakefield Council’s Returning Officer, Gillian Marshall, said: “The first postal votes are due to be delivered to our residents this week and we encourage people to return them as soon as possible.

“If you missed the deadline to apply for a postal vote and don’t want to, or are unable, to visit a polling station on 6 May, there is still time to nominate someone to vote on your behalf – a proxy vote.”

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April. Contact the Electoral Services Team for more details.

Voting in person will still be available for those who would like to and social distancing and other safety measures will be in operation in polling stations. However, polling stations may be busier with longer wait times due to social distancing. Please check https://www.wakefield.gov.uk/site/where-i-live for directions to the polling station.

On the day of the election, polls will be open from 7am to 10pm.

The list of candidates for the local election is available to view at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections

For more information about the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayoral election, please visit https://www.westyorks-ca.gov.uk/becoming-a-mayoral-combined-authority/. Mayoral booklets will be delivered to all registered voters from 16 April onwards, giving all the information that voters will need about the election and the candidates.

The Electoral Services Team can be contacted on 01924 305023 or by emailing elections@wakefield.gov.uk