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How to vote

All you need to know about how to vote in Calderdale.

If you are not registered, you cannot vote! Register now, visit: Register to vote (GOV.UK).

Electoral Services staff can help you with registration, voter ID, postal voting and proxy voting queries.

just call in at one of our sessions during April:

  • Thursday 4th from 2pm to 4pm at Elland Library.
  • Friday 5th from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Halifax Customer First.
  • Monday 8th from 2pm to 4pm at Brighouse Library.
  • Tuesday 9th from 2pm to 4pm at Sowerby Bridge Library.
  • Wednesday 10th from 2pm to 4pm at Hebden Bridge Library.
  • Thursday 11th from 2pm to 4pm at King Cross Library.
  • Friday 12th from 2pm to 4pm at Todmorden Library.
  • Monday 15th from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at Halifax Customer First.

There are three ways you can vote in an election. Please click on a link to see how:

By post

This is an easy and convenient way of voting, if you are not able to get to the polling station.

For help to complete your postal vote, please watch: Postal Voting Video Guide video (YouTube)

How you apply for postal voting

Visit: Vote by post (GOV.UK).

For those that do not have online access, a form can be sent to them. To do this, they will need to contact us.

Please do not leave it until the deadline before you apply. We advise you to complete the application and return it as soon as possible.

Who can apply for a postal vote

You must be:

Note: You do not need to give a reason or have the application form countersigned, to get a postal vote.

Where you can have your postal vote sent to

Any address in the UK or overseas, such as:

  • your home address;
  • any other address that you give;
  • where you will be staying on holiday.

Note: Please consider if there will be enough time to receive, complete and return your ballot paper, by election day. This is very important for addresses outside the UK. Ballot packs are sent out approximately two weeks before polling day. Overseas electors may therefore want to consider voting by proxy instead. 

When you will receive your postal voting papers

This is usually about two weeks before election day.

When you get the pack, mark your vote on the ballot paper. Make sure you send it back, so it arrives with us by the close of poll (10pm on election day). Important note: If it arrives late, your vote will not be counted.

What you should do when you get your postal voting papers

  • Open the envelope, mark the ballot paper for the candidate you wish to vote for.
  • Do not let anyone else handle your postal vote.
  • Make sure that they are not left where someone else can pick them up.

Handling of postal votes

New legislation has introduced a limit to how many electors somebody can hand in postal votes for at the polling station or council office.

A person can handle their own postal voting packs and the postal voting packs of up to five other electors. Please note: if there are multiple elections held on the same day, there may be more envelopes than electors. If postal votes are handed in for more than the maximum number of electors, they must all be rejected.

Anybody handing in postal votes also needs to complete a declaration form, otherwise the postal votes must be rejected. Because of this, electors must no longer hand in postal votes to Halifax Town Hall or use the Town Hall’s letterbox to deliver postal votes.

Political campaigners are also banned from handling postal votes which are not their own or for somebody they are a carer for.

How you use your postal vote

  • Complete your ballot paper in secret, on your own.
    • Do not let anyone else vote for you.
    • Do not let anyone else see your vote.
    • Do not give the ballot paper to anyone.
    • Follow the instructions in the pack and return.

How you return your postal vote

  • Take it to the post box yourself or, if you cannot do that, give it to a person that you know and trust to post it for you. 
  • Take it to your local polling station on polling day and complete a declaration form, otherwise it must be rejected. 
  • Take it to Electoral Services reception, Mulcture House, Mulcture Hall Road, Halifax, HX1 1SP and complete a declaration form, otherwise it must be rejected. 
  • Do not leave postal votes at Halifax Town Hall reception or letter box – any left behind must be rejected. 
  • Do not hand it over to anyone. Protect your vote.
  • Do not leave it where someone else can pick it up.
  • Do not handle the postal votes of more than five other electors plus your own. 
  • Do not give your postal vote to a political campaigner. 

Remember that this is your vote - keep it to yourself.

Note: You should contact the West Yorkshire Police if anyone tries to:

  • help you against your will;
  • or force you to give them your postal vote.

If you move home

If you move house, you must tell the Electoral Registration Officer right away or you may lose your right to vote.

If you want to know more

About voting, visit: Voting and elections (The Electoral Commission).

For any other queries, contact Electoral Services.

By proxy (someone can vote on your behalf)

To appoint a proxy, you must have a valid reason for not going to the polling station yourself, like:

  • you are disabled;
  • or you will be out of the area on polling day.

Note: The deadline to apply is 5pm, 6 working days before a polling day.

The sooner you apply the better! This gives us more time to tell your proxy where to go to cast your vote. Please note: An application for a proxy vote is valid for one election only.

Do you need to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf on a more permanent basis? If yes, you will need to contact us for the relevant application form. You may need to get your application countersigned by your Doctor or other qualified person.

  • To vote by proxy, you must apply, please visit: Vote by proxy (GOV.UK).
  • For those that do not have online access, a form can be sent to them. To do this, they will need to contact us.

In person (at a polling station)

You must have ID to vote in person. For more details, please see: Voter Identification.

If you are registered to vote, around 4 weeks before an election you should receive a poll card to your address. This will tell you where to vote and the hours your polling station will be open.

To find the location of your polling station, see: Where Do I Vote?

What happens at the polling station

  • Give your name and address to the staff inside the polling station when you arrive.
  • You will need to show your photo ID to confirm your identity in some elections and referendums.
  • You will be given a ballot paper containing a list of the people, parties or options you can vote for.

Filling in your ballot paper

Follow the instructions on the notices in the polling booth and on the top of the ballot paper to vote.

Staff are there to help, so please ask them about anything you are not sure of.

For information on protecting your vote, watch: Protect your vote (YouTube).

Polling station assistance

Polling station accessibility

The voting process should be accessible to all voters. We offer a range of support for disabled voters to enable them to vote independently or with assistance.

To help make polling stations accessible we provide:

  • Adapted level polling booth for wheelchair users.
  • Large print versions of ballot papers to view.
  • Pencil grips to attach to pens or pencils when marking the ballot paper.
  • Magnifiers to use when reading guidance or marking the ballot paper.
  • Tactile Voting Devices, to enable blind and partially sighted people to mark their ballot papers independently.
  • Training for polling station staff based on how to assist people.
  • Friendly and helpful polling station staff who will make reasonable adjustments where possible.

If you find an accessibility issue at a polling station, please report it:

Blind or partially sighted voters

Tactile voting templates and large print ballot papers are available at all polling stations.

You can take a companion to assist you or ask the Presiding Officer at the polling station for help.

You can also apply for postal or proxy voting.

Voters with learning disabilities

For an easy read guide, please download:

Further support

Let polling station staff know what support you need to be able to exercise your right to vote.

For example:

  • Someone to read out the candidates on the ballot paper.
  • To be shown a large print ballot paper.
  • To use the Tactile Voting Device.
  • Someone to help mark the ballot paper with your decision. This can be either someone who has accompanied you or the polling station staff.
  • To be assisted in moving around the polling station.
  • You can also apply for postal or proxy voting.

Print out and fill in our Polling Station Passport to help you get the support you need:

To make a request before polling day for additional support in your polling station:

Contact

Electoral Services:

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