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Deadlines approaching for this year’s local elections

As Kirklees Council’s local elections are rapidly approaching, we’ve put together a reminder of the key dates and information you’ll need ahead of polling day.

Thursday, 4 May will see the elections held at polling stations across the borough. The vote count will take place the following day.

Earlier this month, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reported every single candidate standing in Kirklees’ elections this year. A third of the borough’s 69 seats are up for grabs, plus an additional seat in the Ashbrow ward.

The council currently has a Labour majority with Labour (36 seats), Conservative (18 seats), Liberal Democrat (eight seats), Green (three seats), Holme Valley Independents (three seats) and other Independents (one seat).  Parish and Town Council elections are also taking place, if contested, you may also have a Parish/Town Council election in your area.

Of the 24 district seats up for election this year, Labour hold 11, Conservative five, Liberal Democrats four, Independents three and Green one.

To take part in the elections, you need to be registered by Midnight of 17 April. To read more information, check if you’re registered or register to vote, head to the council website.

For the first time, voters across the country will need to show photo ID to be able to place their vote. The council is urging residents to make sure they have an accepted form of ID.

This includes a UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Commonwealth Passport; a UK, EEA or Commonwealth drivers’ licence; and some concessionary travel passes, such as an older person’s bus pass or an Oyster 60+ card. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Information, including the full list of accepted ID, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate can be found on the council’s website. The deadline to apply for a Voter Authority Certificate is 5pm on 25 April.

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 submit a completed application form to vote by post is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April 2023.

You can apply for somebody to vote on your behalf, also known as a proxy vote. The deadline to apply to vote by proxy is 5pm on Tuesday 25 April 2023.

Jacqui Gedman, Returning Officer and Chief Executive of Kirklees Council, said: “All of our plans are in place for the 2023 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 ensure that you’re registered to vote and if not apply as soon as possible so you don’t miss the deadline.

“With the new photo ID rules also being in place for these elections, I encourage everyone that wants to vote in person to check they have the correct ID or to apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate before the deadline. 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.”

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