Elections 2016 – top 5 tips for voting in Kirklees

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Election Day is Thursday 5th May 2016

If you’re voting in Kirklees, here are our top 5 tips to make sure your voice is heard.

1. Where to go

Your polling station address is shown on your poll card, which you will have received in the post recently. Or you can easily find  your polling station on our website. If you have a postal vote, please send this back as soon as possible. It is also possible to bring your postal vote to your polling station on election day.

Find your polling station

All polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. Go any time in between, but please don’t miss out by being late. If you’re in a queue at your polling station at 10pm, you will be allowed to cast your vote.

2. Who you can vote for

It’s really important that you make your own choice about who you want to vote for. You can listen to what the political parties and candidates have to say, but in the end you have to decide who to vote for. If you’re not sure who your candidates are, check out this new website from Democracy Club, a non-partisan network of volunteers who are working to improve access to information about voting and elections:

Who Can I Vote For?

3. What to take

If you were on the register by the deadline (which was Monday 18th April), you can vote. Lost your poll card? Don’t worry – you can still vote without it. It helps polling station staff if you take your poll card with you, but it isn’t essential. If you’ve registered, you can vote.

4. What to expect

You’ll be asked for your name and address and you’ll be given your ballot papers. This year there are two ballot papers – one for the local elections and one for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PCC).

You then go into the polling booth to mark your vote (you’ll find instructions on your ballot papers). For the local elections you will need to choose one candidate. For the PCC elections, you can have up to two choices – a first choice and a second choice (for more information about how this works watch this short video about supplementary voting on youtube). When you’re all done, fold up your papers and put each into the correct ballot box. Polling station staff will be on hand to help you if needed.

Voting at a polling station – quick audio guide

5. What not to do

You can’t do anything that might compromise the secrecy of the poll. This means that you can’t say anything in the polling station that might influence other voters – you can’t talk about who you’re voting for or take a selfie (so resist the urge!). Once you’ve left the polling station, why not use social media to tell people that you’ve voted and encourage others to vote – just remember not to say who you’ve voted for. Election candidates must not try and influence your vote at the polling station, watch this video about what’s not acceptable when it comes to voting:

And finally – what about the results?

The results of the local elections will be announced on the Kirklees Council website, @KirkleesCouncil twitter, @KirkleesVote twitter and to the media on Friday 6th May. The PCC election results will be announced on the Wakefield Council website.

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