5 things you need to know about the next election

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There is a local election on Thursday 3 May 2018

In the Kirklees area there are 23 wards, in most wards there will be one seat up for election.

Due to a councillor who was not up for election retiring there are two seats in the Birstall and Birkenshaw Ward.

You can vote for candidates in your ward as long as you are registered to vote.

You can find out which ward you are in by either:

Details of candidates are available on the Kirklees website:
www.kirklees.gov.uk/elections

You can apply to register to vote until 17 April 2018

You can apply to register to vote by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  As part of the application process you will need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number.

You do not need to re-register if you are already registered to vote.  You can check to see if you are registered by contacting Electoral Services – 01484 221650

If you are not here on Thursday 3 May you can vote by post – but you need to apply in advance

The deadline for receipt of a new postal vote application or for amending/cancelling an existing postal vote is 5pm on Wednesday 18 April 2018.  More about postal voting 

If you are unable to vote in person you can appoint someone to vote on your behalf,  this is called a proxy vote. The deadline for receipt of applications for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 25 April 2018.

Applying for a Proxy Vote

Poll cards are helpful but not essential

Your poll card gives you information about where your local polling station is.  If you don’t have a poll card or misplace it before the 3 May,  don’t worry! As long as you are registered to vote you will still be able to vote at your local polling station.

You can find out more about where and when you can vote on the website www.kirklees.gov.uk/elections

Most areas have one seat up for grabs

There are three seats in each ward, and at each local election one seat is up for election.

However due to the retirement of one of the councillors in the Birstall and Birkenshaw Ward, who wasn’t up for election this year, there are two seats up for election in that ward.

Check out our website to find out who is standing for election in you area

 

 

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