Kirklees Council elections 2022 – all you need to know

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Kirklees Council’s local elections are taking place on Thursday 5 May and we have put together all the key dates and information you need ahead of Polling Day.

A third of all 69 seats are up for election with one seat in all of Kirklees’ 23 wards going to the polls. The council is currently in no overall control with Labour (33 seats), Conservative (19 seats), Liberal Democrat (nine seats), Green (three seats), Holme Valley Independents (three seats) and other Independents (two seats).

Of the seats up for election this year, Labour hold 11, Conservative six, Lib Dem four, Holme Valley Independents one and Green one.

Kirklees Council will be announcing a list of all candidates standing in each ward no later than 6 April 2022.

In order to vote in May’s local elections, you need to be registered to vote. The deadline to apply is 12am 14 April 2022. Read more information, check if you’re registered already or register to vote now on Kirklees Council’s website.

If you don’t want to or can’t visit a Polling Station to vote this year, you can vote by post. The deadline to apply is 5pm 19 April 2022.

You can apply for somebody to vote on your behalf, also known as a proxy. The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm 26 April 2022.

Jacqui Gedman, Returning Officer and Chief Executive of Kirklees Council, said: “All of our plans are in place for the 2022 local elections. We want to make sure that everyone who is eligible and wants to vote can do so. So, I’m urging you to check if you’re registered and if not apply as soon as possible so you don’t miss the deadline.

“With Covid-19 restrictions now lifted across the country, this election should feel a lot more normal. Our Polling Stations will have sanitising stations and face coverings will be available for people who would like them. However, we know that not everyone feels completely comfortable mixing with others at the moment with the virus still spreading in our communities and that’s absolutely fine. If you would rather not visit a Polling Station, you can apply for a postal or proxy vote – but again just make sure you do so before the deadline.

“We’ll continue to update you as we approach Polling Day and we encourage everyone to use their right to vote.”