The Kirklees Council elections will be held on Thursday, as welll as the vote for West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.
The polling stations across Kirklees are open between 7am and 10pm — with the results expected on Friday around lunchtime.
Check the Examiner website for the results as they come in.
Unsure of how to vote and where to go on Thursday?
Here's a handy guide to polling day:
Where do I go to 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 on the Kirklees website (www.kirklees.gov.uk) . If you you have forgotten to send in your postal vote it is allowed to be submitted at a polling station on election day. All 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.
Who do 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 political parties and candidates have to say, but in the end you have to decide who to vote for. If you’re not sure who your candidates are the Democracy Club is hosting information at whocanivotefor.co.uk
What do I need to take with me?
If you were on the register by the deadline (which was Monday, April 18), you should have received a polling card. If you’ve lost your polling card don’t worry – you can still vote without it. It helps polling station staff if you take your poll card with you, but it isn’t essential. If you’ve registered, you can vote.
What can I expect?
You’ll be asked for your name and address and you’ll be given your ballot papers. This year there are two ballot papers – one for the local elections and one for the Police and Crime Commissioner elections (PCC). You then go into the polling booth to mark your vote (you’ll find instructions on your ballot papers).
For the local elections you will need to choose one candidate. For the PCC elections, you can have up to two choices – a first choice and a second choice. When you’re all done, fold up your papers and put each into the correct ballot box. Polling station staff will be on hand to help you if needed.
What NOT to do
You can’t do anything that might compromise the secrecy of the poll. This means that you can’t say anything in the polling station that might influence other voters – you can’t talk about who you’re voting for or take a selfie (so resist the urge!). Once you’ve left the polling station, why not use social media to tell people that you’ve voted and encourage others to vote – just remember not to say who you’ve voted for. Election candidates must not try and influence your vote at the polling station.