Sheffielders will be able to have their say on how their city is run in May’s elections and also decide who will represent them in the European Parliament.
This year’s local council elections will be held on Thursday 22 May, with a third of Sheffield’s seats being contested – a total of 28 altogether. People voting in Walkley will be voting for two councillors following Cllr Nikki Sharpe’s recent resignation. The results of these elections will be announced on Friday 23 May.
The local elections are being held a little later than usual this year to coincide with the European elections. The elections for the six European seats in Yorkshire and Humberside are held every five years and the counts for the European elections will take place on Sunday 25 May, with the results being announced in Leeds.
Polling cards for the local elections and the European elections are due to be distributed over the next couple of weeks and residents are being urged to ensure they are registered to vote.
Local councils are responsible for a wide range of services that you use and rely on every day – from housing to street lighting, education to pub licensing, parking to sports facilities, and park maintenance to care for the elderly. That’s why your vote can make a real difference.
John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council, is the Returning Officer again this year. He advised voters:
“Don’t miss this chance to have your say about the issues that affect your everyday life. It only takes a few minutes out of your day to vote, and postal voting makes it even quicker and more accessible. Your vote will influence decisions made in Sheffield and within your local area.”
The deadline for any requests for new postal votes or to change or cancel an existing postal vote or proxy appointment is Wednesday 7 May at 5pm.
Application forms for postal votes or proxy votes are available on the Council’s website at: www.sheffield.gov.uk/elections.
Alternatively, forms can be requested by contacting the Electoral Services Office on 0114 273 4093 and returning it to the Electoral Services Team (see address below).
Proxy vote applications can be made to nominate a representative to go to the polling station on your behalf. You can apply for a proxy appointment if:
- You suffer from physical incapacity or blindness.
- Your occupation, service, employment or attendance on a course prevents you from going to the polling station.
Postal / proxy application forms should be returned to: Sheffield City Council, Electoral Services, Town Hall, Surrey Street, Sheffield S1 1HY or faxed to 0114 273 4092.