Tag Archives: postal votes

55,500 postal votes – a lot of envelopes to open

We’ve issued around 55,500 postal votes for the local elections – and the mammoth task of opening the envelopes is already under way. Have you returned yours yet? If not, there’s still time.

Mr and Mrs postal votes

If there’s more than one person with a postal vote in your house, make sure you don’t get your paperwork muddled up, or you could lose out on your vote.

59,000 postal votes issued for #GE2017

Watch as the mammoth task of opening and validating 59,000 postal votes for the 2017 General Election gets under way in Kirklees. Thanks to Rob for explaining how it all works…

There’s still time to return your postal vote

Did you know you can return your postal vote right up until 10pm on Thursday 5th May. Have you returned yours?

51,000 postal votes are on the move…

It’s a week before the 2016 local elections and the huge task of opening the postal votes from the Kirklees area is already well under way. Over 51,000 postal votes have been issued for the local elections and PCC elections on Thursday 5th May 2016. We talked to Chris at the postal vote opening to find out where your postal vote goes after you pop it in the post box.

Postal vote opening in Kirklees

It’s one week before the elections and the opening of the postal votes is under way at Huddersfield Town Hall. Thank you to Maxine for explaining what happens to your postal vote envelope after you put it in the post box…

There’s still time to return your postal vote…

Did you know there’s still time to return your postal vote, right up until the close of polls at 10pm on election Thursday? Some top tips from the elections team:

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.

The collecting of the vote in Holmfirth Civic Hall

Community reporters at the postal vote openingMy first experience of being a reporter was at the Holmfirth Civic Hall. We entered the building through the reception lobby then signed in, we were taken into a large room by the receptionist. At first glance there were many tables with lots of dedicated workers opening piles of envelopes, taking out the voter information and placing them on to another pile by adding a rubber band to keep them in place. The piles would then be taken away by one of the electoral workers who would pass them over to another group of workers on computers; the information would be carefully checked on a computer data system.

We met with one of the electoral officers; she had been part of the team for five years. There are seven electoral services staff, responsible for the whole process, including processing all the new applications for postal votes, preparing the information for the voter packs, liaising with the printers, staffing all the polling stations and organising the count.

After the polls close on Thursday, ballot boxes are collected from 23 different wards across Kirklees and taken to two counting venues in Huddersfield and Dewsbury – it’s a huge operation.

For the opening of the postal votes, the electoral services team are also responsible for writing out to people to get them to come along to help, or “getting bums on seats”, and getting the event set up. The opening of the postal votes takes several days, with staff staying into the early hours of the morning on Friday to make sure that all the postal votes are verified in time to go through to be counted along with the votes from the polling stations.

It was a real eye-opener for us to see how much work goes on behind the scenes.

The electoral officer who talked to us on the morning said that their families are used to them not being around much during election week.

“We don’t have flowers thrown at us,” she said, “but we know that what we do is valued.”