314,056 people in Kirklees are registered to vote in the local elections and West Yorkshire Mayoral election on Thursday 6th May 2021. Here’s everything you need to know…
1. Who can I 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 candidates and political parties 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 independent website from Democracy Club.
Please note that Kirklees Council are not responsible for the content of external websites.
2. Where do I vote?
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 online:
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.
3. Voting safely at your polling station
Kirklees Council have been working hard to make sure that all polling stations in Kirklees are as safe as possible. You can find out what to expect on polling day by watching this video, or read more on the Kirklees Together blog.
4. Postal voting
69,091 people in Kirklees have requested a postal vote for these elections. Please post your postal vote back to us as soon as possible, so that we receive it in time.
If you applied for a postal vote but haven’t received your postal vote ballot pack, it’s really important that you contact our Electoral Services team at Kirklees Council straight away. Our team are on-hand right now to make sure your vote counts.
It is too late to apply for a postal vote for these elections. If for any reason you cannot visit the polling station on 6th May, please contact our Electoral Services team.
You can watch this video for general advice about how to fill in your postal vote.
If you haven’t returned your postal vote envelope before Thursday 6th May, you can take it to any polling station in your ward on election day.
5. You will receive more than one ballot paper
On Thursday 6th May, as well as voting for your local councillor, you can also vote for the first ever Mayor of West Yorkshire. You can find out more on the West Yorkshire Combined Authority website.
If you live in the Birstall and Birkenshaw or Golcar wards, you will also be voting for two candidates in the local elections.