Reminder to make sure you’re registered to vote
Wakefield Council is reminding residents how quick and easy it is to register to vote, ahead of May's elections.
On Thursday 6 May, residents will have chance to vote in the local election, where 22 Wakefield Council seats are up for election - 20 wards with one vacancy and one ward with two vacancies, which is the Airedale and Ferry Fryston ward.
Also on 6 May, residents will be able to vote in the West Yorkshire Combined Authority mayoral election. For more information, please visit www.leeds.gov.uk/your-council/elections/wyca-mayoral-election
Residents have until midnight on 19 April to make sure they are registered, in order to vote in the elections.
It is quick and simple to register by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. People will need their date of birth and National Insurance number to be able to register. They can also opt to have their details excluded from the 'open register', meaning that the information cannot be used for direct marketing.
There are a range of voting options available to residents - in person, by post or by proxy.
Those who would prefer to vote by post next year are encouraged to apply to do so as early as possible, but must first be registered to vote before making an application.
The deadline to apply for a new postal vote or to make changes to an existing postal vote is 5pm on 20 April. Anyone needing help should call 01924 305023 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Application forms for postal votes are available at www.yourvotematters.co.uk or complete an application online which can be found on the Council's website.
Gillian Marshall, Wakefield Council's Electoral Registration Officer, said: "You must be registered to vote to have your say in the elections in May. It's really easy to register online and only takes five minutes.
"We're putting arrangements in place to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote, but you also have the option to apply to vote by post if you more feel more comfortable doing that. Please don't delay and get registered before the deadline."
It is important that everyone eligible is registered to vote because banks, building societies and loan companies, use the register to verify the address of applicants before approving loans and bank accounts.
Anyone who has moved house recently, or changed other details such as their name, may not be registered correctly so should contact Electoral Services to check by calling 01924 305023 or by emailing email@example.com.
Those aged 16 and 17 can also register to vote so that they will be eligible to vote in the next election after their 18th birthday.
For more information please visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections