What to expect at the 6 May 2021 elections
If you intend on voting at your local polling station for the local and West Yorkshire Mayoral elections, please know that we're putting all the right measures in place to protect voters and staff from any potential spread of COVID-19:
- Hand sanitiser will be available at entrances and exits
- Unless you have a medical exemption, face coverings need to be worn inside
- Social distancing of 2 metres, or more where possible, is advised
- One-way systems will be in place and appropriate signage and directional signs will be posted in each station
- Unless necessary or unavoidable, please enter the polling station alone, in order to maintain distancing and avoid crowding
- You may have to queue as there will be a limit on how many voters will be allowed inside at once
- You are encouraged to bring your own pen or pencil
- Polling booths and equipment will be cleaned regularly throughout the day
- Desk-top perspex screens will be in place
- We're employing additional staff to help voters.
Do not visit a polling station in these circumstances if you have not completed your required period of self-isolation
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms
- If you have tested positive
- If you have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive.
Instead, contact Electoral Services as soon as possible so we can make arrangements for you to vote in the safest way possible.
Other ways to vote
You can vote by post: Postal voting
You can also apply for somebody to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote: Proxy voting
You are allocated a polling station based on where you live.
Voting at a polling station
Polling stations are open from 7:00am to 10:00pm.
- Once you arrive at your polling station hand your poll card to the official polling station staff. If you forget it you will still be able to vote.
- If you are registered and your name is on the electoral register you will be given a ballot paper. You will be advised by the staff if you can vote for more than one candidate.
- Go to the booths provided and mark a cross (X) in the box on the right hand side of the ballot paper. Fold the ballot paper and do not show anyone your vote, place your ballot paper into the ballot box and leave the polling station.
If you make a mistake on the ballot paper tell the staff and you can be issued with a replacement ballot paper and the original will be marked as spoilt.
Assistance for people with disabilities
Each polling station has a lower level polling booth for wheelchair users.
If applicable, any separate disabled access to the polling station is sign posted.
Large print posters of the ballot paper are displayed and a device to assist blind or partially sighted voters in completing their ballot paper is provided. You can also take a companion with you to help if you can't vote without assistance.
If you have a learning disablity and/or autism, you may need reasonable adujustments to support you to vote in an election. You can download and complete a My Voting Passport and take it with you when you go to the polling station.
RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind): Your rights: Voting and elections - Advice for people with sight loss.