Tag Archives: European elections

My role at the polling station

We’ve been to find out what the role of the Presiding Officer at a polling station involves and how the elections staff are there to help you vote.

Welcome to the polling station

We’ve been visiting polling stations to find out what you can expect when you cast your vote.

What’s in the Ballot Box?

We went to meet Presiding Officer Andrea Robinson to find out what’s in the ballot boxes when they’re collected on the day before the election. (Hint: it’s everything you need to set up a polling station…)


Ballot boxes are on the move…

Andrea collecting her ballot boxes
This afternoon we went along to Huddersfield Town Hall with Andrea to talk to her about the role of the Presiding Officer. Andrea will be managing the polling station in New Street, Milnsbridge tomorrow. This afternoon she has been carefully checking the contents of her ballot boxes and stationery box. Together these boxes contain all the paperwork she’ll need to run her polling station tomorrow – everything from voting papers and signage to the seals that will close the ballot boxes when voting ends at 10pm. If you live in Milnsbridge, she’d really like you to come along and vote tomorrow – even if you turn up to vote at one minute before 10pm (somebody usually does).

You can find your local polling station on the Kirklees web site:

Polling stations

Opening the postal votes

Ever wondered what happens to your postal vote envelope after you pop it in the post box? We went along to the opening of the postal votes to find out more…

It’s election week…

postal votes being opened

We’ve started election week 2014 with a visit to the opening of the postal votes. The elections staff have been hard at work for weeks getting everything ready for the Local and European elections on 22nd May. The work doesn’t just start on polling day – it’s a huge operation. For example, the process of opening all the postal vote envelopes takes several days and the work is already well under way.

Are you a postal voter? Remember to return your postal vote so that it can be counted. Postal vote envelopes can also be handed in at any Kirklees polling station on Thursday 22nd May. Votes can be accepted right up until the close of polls at 10pm.