Postal voters set to receive ballot papers

​Date: 22/4/2015

PR 4931

Ballot papers are being sent out this week (from Thursday 23rd April) to residents who have opted to vote by post in the May 7 elections.


Wakefield Council is asking voters who have not received their postal ballot papers by  April 30  to contact the Electoral Services team on 01924 305023.


The Council is also asking postal voters to return their postal ballot papers as soon as possible - and not wait until polling day on May 7.


Joanne Roney OBE, Returning Officer said: "If you are voting by post, please fill in and return your ballot forms as soon as you can.  Don't delay, make sure your vote counts."


The General Election is on 7 May for three constituencies in the district –Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, Hemsworth and Wakefield. Voters will be deciding who will represent them as their Member of Parliament for the next five years.

On the same day one third of Wakefield Council's seats - 21- will also be up for election. In some parts of the district, voters will also be electing their town and parish councillors.


Most people voting in the elections will vote at their local polling station or will be receiving a postal vote.  Some people may be able to vote by proxy.  Voting by proxy means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. The proxy needs to be registered to vote under the new Individual Electoral Registration system.


Residents are being reminded the deadline to apply for a proxy vote is Tuesday April 28th, at 5pm.


For more information on proxy voting or postal voting please call the Electoral Services team on 01924 305023.