Getting ready for the 2019 general election

11/11/2019, PR-9227

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​Residents in the Wakefield district are being urged to register to vote, to ensure they can have their say in the 2019 general election.

The deadline to register is midnight on Tuesday 26 November. If residents, who are eligible to vote, are not registered they will not be able to use their vote on 12 December.

People can register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  

For people wanting a postal vote the deadline for applications is Tuesday 26 November at 5pm. Once people receive their postal vote they are urged to return it as soon as possible.

The deadline for registering for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 4 December.

Merran McRae

​Wakefield Council's Chief Executive, Merran McRae, said: "Work is well underway to ensure we are ready for the general election on 12 December and we want to make sure that our residents are ready too.

"All eligible voters must be registered so I urge everyone to do this as soon as possible. Registering to vote is quick and easy to do, just fill out a few of your details and submit the form online. Don't miss out on having your say.

"We're aware that some people may be concerned about getting to polling stations on 12 December, if the weather is bad. If this is the case, please consider applying for a postal vote so you don't have to go in person. Once you have registered to vote you have until 5pm on 26 November to apply for a postal vote."

On the day of the election, polls will be open from 7am to 10pm. The general election count will take place at Thornes Park Athletics Stadium.

The list of candidates for the election will be published at 5pm on Thursday 14 November and available to view at http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections

For more information about the elections process or previous election results, visit http://www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections

More information is also available on the Electoral Commission website https://www.electoralcommission.org.uk/i-am-a/voter