Important update on postal voting

Elections 2021

We’re working hard to make sure this year’s elections are safe and that everyone’s vote counts.

This year’s elections are different. The pandemic means more local residents than ever before have chosen to vote by post.

We are aware that some people have not received their postal vote ballot packs or that some have only just received them.

Please be assured that we will make sure that everyone is able to vote. If you are impacted by this, please just follow the below instructions.

 

What should I do if I have not received my postal vote pack?

If you applied for a postal vote but haven’t received your postal vote ballot pack yet, it’s really important that you contact our electoral services team straight away. They will be able to issue you with a new ballot pack and deliver it directly to you.

The first thing to do is to contact our electoral services team straight away on 01484 221650 or email electoral.registration@kirklees.gov.uk providing your full name and address and contact number.

We will produce a new ballot pack for voters who contact us and will deliver it directly to the property. Council staff will wait for voters to fill in their ballot paper or voters can keep their packs and return them to a polling station tomorrow.

The legal deadline for replacement of postal ballot papers is 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021.

 

What should I do if I have just received my postal vote pack?

We are advising residents not to post their votes at this stage.

Instead, anyone can bring their completed postal ballot pack to their polling station on election day tomorrow (6 May 2021). Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm tomorrow and you can find yours by typing your postcode into this website: https://wheredoivote.co.uk. 

You don’t have to bring your completed ballot papers to the polling station yourself, a family member or neighbour can do it for you. If you want to deliver your vote to us today or tomorrow (Thursday 6 May), you can do that by coming to the Kirkgate Buildings in Huddersfield (HD1 1BY). If our office is closed, there is a letter box at the entrance through which you can post your completed ballot pack.

The legal deadline for returning completed postal votes is 10pm on Thursday 6 May 2021 at which time our officers will check the letterbox to make sure we can process all packs received.

 

We’re here to help

It’s really important that people are able to vote, and our absolutely priority is to make sure this is the case.

If none of the above options are available to you and you need further help or advice, please just contact the electoral services team at:

Email – electoral.registration@kirklees.gov.uk

Phone – 01484 221650