LETTERS will be sent out this week to the 285,000 electors in Kirklees explaining the voting arrangements for the all-postal elections next month.
The days leading up to Thursday, June 10, will see the first ever all-postal ballot in Kirklees and the first `all council' election for more than 20 years to elect 69 councillors.
The Government has decided to hold elections for the European Parliament at the same time and that too will be a postal ballot.
Ballot papers and supporting information will be sent out to electors by June 1.
They need to be returned at the latest by June 8.
The new election arrangements mean that traditional polling stations in schools, community buildings, church halls and other local buildings will not operate, although there will be a number of council offices spread across the district where people will be able to drop off their postal vote in the days leading up to polling day.
Voters will also be able to receive assistance if they are blind or partially sighted, or get help to complete their ballot papers.
The `drop off' points will operate Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4pm between June 1 and 9 and between 7.00am and 10.00pm on Thursday, June 10.
They will be at Holmfirth Council Offices; Kirklees Information Point, Civic Centre, Huddersfield; Dewsbury Library; and Cleckheaton Town Hall.
New local government boundaries mean that electors will be able to vote for up to three candidates on the ballot paper for the council elections.
For the European parliament elections people will only have one vote - and will vote for a party list of candidates rather than individuals.
However, there may be individual independent candidates outside the political party lists.
Kirklees Chief Executive and Election Returning Officer Tony Elson said: "The Yorkshire and Humber region has been chosen by the Government as one of the regions to `pilot' all-postal voting.
"Postal voting is not new. Anyone can vote by post, but the fundamental change for June is that everyone will vote by post for both the council and the European elections.
"At the moment some 35,000 of Kirklees' 285,000-plus electors are already registered for a postal vote for elections.
"Postal voting is safe, secure and secret.
"As far as the council elections are concerned this is a rare opportunity for electors. It is more than 20 years since the last boundary changes provided the opportunity for people to elect the entire council at once.
"It will probably be 20 years before it happens again."
* People with questions or in need of further advice can ring 01484 234623, or can e-mail electoral.registra firstname.lastname@example.org