Countdown to local elections gets underway

The countdown has officially begun to this year’s local elections in Leeds which take place on Thursday 5 May 2022.

South Leeds is guaranteed to see some new faces amongst our representatives as a third of Councillors are up for election, one in each ward in the city.

Cllr Elizabeth Nash will be contesting her seat in Hunslet & Riverside ward, whilst new Councillors will be elected in Beeston & Holbeck and Middleton Park wards following the deselection of Angela Gabriel and retirement of Kim Groves.

As usual South Leeds Life will be covering the elections and bringing you details of all the candidates. We will post these online once nominations close on Wednesday 6 April and in next month’s newspaper.

We will also be holding online hustings for the three wards in South Leeds in the week before the election. These will give you the opportunity to put your questions directly to the candidates. Watch out for further details.

With the pre-election period formally started, poll cards are now being sent out to everyone currently registered to vote in this year’s elections for seats on Leeds City Council.

Residents are being asked to check the details on their poll cards when they arrive to ensure they are correct, and also to note the location of their polling station which may have changed.

For anyone not registered, or to register at a new address for anyone who has moved home, this can be done by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It only takes a few muniutes to register, you will need your National Insurance number handy. The deadline for registrations is Thursday 14 April.

Postal poll cards are also being sent to anyone currently registered to vote by post. Anyone wishing to begin voting this way can apply to do so via www.leeds.gov.uk/your-council/elections/postal-voting. The deadline for applications for postal voting is 5pm on Tuesday 19 April, and residents are being asked to apply as soon as possible to help manage demand.

Another option available is to vote by proxy, which can be applied for via www.leeds.gov.uk/elections. The deadline for applications to vote by proxy is 5pm on Tuesday 26 April.

For those wishing to vote in person at polling stations, all necessary Covid-19 precaution measures will be taken to ensure it can be done so safely. The list of candidates standing in this year’s elections will be published on Wednesday 6 April.

Elections Returning Officer and chief executive of Leeds City Council Tom Riordan said:

“With the election period now underway residents will start to get their poll cards from this week. We ask everyone to check the information carefully as well as the guidance on the voting option they want to use and the deadlines involved. I would encourage as many people as possible to cast their vote in the election and help shape the future of Leeds.”

The elections team can be contacted to address any issues using the helpline at (0113) 222 4411 or by emailing electors@leeds.gov.uk.

 

This post is based on a press release issued by Leeds City Council

 

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