Have Your Say in May – Election Reminder

On Thursday 6 May 2021, residents in Calderdale can vote in the local elections and the first West Yorkshire Combined Authority Mayoral election.

Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing someone they trust to vote in their place, known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 20 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

Residents who are not registered at their current address can do so quickly and easily, online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Alternatively, contact Electoral Services on 01422 393103 to request a form. The deadline to register to vote for the May 2021 elections is midnight on Monday 19 April.

The Council’s elections team is working hard to ensure that the voting process can be carried out safely and in line with Government guidance. For those who choose to vote in person, a number of safety measures will be in place at polling stations. Voters are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

·             Wearing a face covering

·             Bringing their own pen or pencil

·             Cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station

·             Keeping a safe distance

Hand sanitiser will be available and regular cleaning will also take place, including touch points and polling booths.

Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of COVID-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. There will be provisions in place to apply for an emergency proxy vote if required due to health circumstances.

Information has been sent to residents’ homes and further details about what to expect this year will be sent out with polling cards nearer the time. For more information, visit https://www.calderdale.gov.uk/v2/council/elections-and-voting/how-vote.

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