Information for voters

On Thursday, 6 May 2021 there are two different types of elections running on the same day – there are elections for the District council and there is an election for the first West Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayor.  In some areas, there may also be a Town or Parish Council by election taking place on the same day.

When more than one election takes place on the same day, this is sometimes referred to as 'combined elections' (see FAQs below).

Key dates and deadlines

Information about who is standing in the elections (the 'candidates') will be available soon after the close of nominations, which is at 4pm on Thursday, 8 April 2021.

 

Poll card deliveries – Thursday, 25 March 2021, right up until election day (for late applicants)

Registering to vote deadline – midnight on Monday, 19 April 2021

Postal vote deadline – 5pm on Tuesday, 20 April 2021

Proxy vote deadline – 5pm on Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Election day – Thursday, 6 May 2021 – Polling stations open from 7am to 10pm

 

Poll Cards

Poll cards will be issued to all registered electors from Thursday, 25 March 2021.  When you receive your poll card, please check it carefully.  Your poll card will tell you which elections are happening in your area and where your polling station is.  There may be some changes to polling station arrangements as part of the measures we will put in place to make the elections Covid-19 safe.  We will make this as clear as possible on the poll card.

You can also find your polling station and an interactive map using Where I Live; this will be updated with the May 2021 polling station details in time for poll cards being delivered. Or, you can visit https://wheredoivote.co.uk/.  A list of all polling stations in the district can be found here.

If you are registered to vote by post, you will receive a poll card which confirms this and advises when you can expect to receive your postal ballot pack.  If you are registered to vote by proxy, both you and your proxy will receive a poll card (which may be in letter format) about your vote.  Your proxy will need to take their proxy poll card with them to your polling station.


Frequently Asked Questions – May 2021 Elections

When is the election? What elections are taking place?

On Thursday, 6 May 2021, residents in the Wakefield district will be voting at local Council (‘District’) elections and at the first election for the West Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayor. In some areas, there are Town or Parish council by elections taking place, too.

What does ‘combined elections’ mean?

Simply put, there are two or more separate elections taking place on the same day.

For you as a voter, it means that you receive a ballot paper for each different election taking place, whether that is in the polling station or in your postal ballot pack. Each ballot paper will be a different colour and at the top of the paper it will advise which election the ballot paper relates to. The ballot paper will state on it how many candidates you may vote for.

If you are voting at the polling station, the staff there will be able to confirm which paper is which and which ballot box each completed paper needs to be placed in.

If you are a postal voter and are unsure about the contents of your postal ballot pack, you can get advice from our office on 01924 305023. You may receive more than one pack; this will depend on what elections are happening in your area.

How can I vote at the May 2021 elections?

There are a number of ways to have your say in May – you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

How can I apply to vote by post or proxy?

To vote in the elections – at a polling station, by post, or by proxy – you must first be registered to vote. This can be done online in just 5 minutes by visiting www.gov.uk/registertovote.

Details of how to register to vote by post or by proxy are available on our How to Vote page.

How do I register to vote?

To vote at any election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. It takes 5 minute to register and you can do this online at www.gov.uk/registertovote.

Details of how to register to vote are available on our Register to Vote page.

Is voting by post safe?

Yes, voting by post is safe and proven cases of electoral fraud are rare. When voting by post, you should mark your vote on the ballot paper(s) in secret and seal the envelope(s) yourself, following all instructions provided.

You will be asked to give your date of birth and signature when applying for a postal vote. This makes postal voting safe, because when you return your postal voting pack, your signature and date of birth are checked against those you provided on your application, to confirm your identity.

Your signature and date of birth are separated from your ballot paper(s) before it is looked at or counted, so giving this information will not affect the secrecy of your vote.

How are you making polling stations safe?

We are putting arrangements in place to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote. You can expect to see measures that you may have become used to over recent months in shops and banks, such as sanitiser, queuing systems and face coverings.

We will continue working with public health authorities as we prepare for the elections to make sure we are following the most up to date guidance.

Will I need to bring my own pen or pencil to the polling station?

Guidance in this area is still being developed, but you are always welcome to use your own pen or pencil. We are working with the UK Government, members of the electoral community and public health authorities to help ensure polling stations are safe places to vote in May 2021.

Is it safer to vote by post, instead of going in person?

We are working hard to ensure that polling stations will be safe places to vote in May, but you can choose to apply to vote by post or by proxy instead.

What should I do if I find out closer to the time that I need to self-isolate, or my area goes into a local lockdown?

We want to make sure that everyone who is entitled to vote is able to do so, regardless of the pandemic. We will be providing more information nearer the time on how you can vote if you need to self-isolate, or live in an area under local lockdown.

Contact us

Electoral Services Office

County Hall
Wakefield
WF1 2QW

01924 305023