Poll cards set to land on doormats this week

Monday, March 25, 2024

Poll cards have started to be delivered to households this week in preparation for the May elections.

The poll cards are being sent out to all registered voters in the district. The cards include details of the local polling station and times of polling for the local and West Yorkshire Combined Authority mayoral elections, which are on Thursday 2 May.

Anyone who is registered to vote but has not received their poll card by 5 April 2024 should contact Electoral Services on 01924 305023 or email elections@wakefield.gov.uk

“Poll cards are being delivered to people who have registered to vote. If you don’t receive yours then you will need to make sure you are registered.

“Even if you think you are already registered, it’s important to double-check. Many people think they are automatically registered because they pay council tax, but this isn’t true. Registering is quick and easy, so make sure you’re registered before the deadline.”

Gillian Marshall

Electoral Registration Officer

Gillian Marshall

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. People must be registered by midnight on Tuesday 16 April to be able to vote.

Gillian Marshall added: “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. If you will be 18 by 2 May, you should register.”

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 elections@wakefield.gov.uk.

Residents who are unable to attend the polling station to vote may be able to vote by post or proxy. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 17 April. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 24 April. Application forms are available at https://www.gov.uk/vote-uk-election  

Photographic identification is now required to vote at a polling station, this includes passports, driving licences, bus passes and disabled badges. The full list of all acceptable documents is available at www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate

Anyone who does not have one of the required forms of photo ID will be able to get a free Voter Authority Certificate from the Council. To apply, visit www.gov.uk/apply-for-photo-id-voter-authority-certificate. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate for the May elections is at 5pm on Wednesday 24 April.

For more information, please visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/elections

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