19 April 2017

Sheffield is ready to go to the polls on Thursday 8 June, after Parliament agreed to hold an early General Election.

That’s the message from Sheffield City Council, which is reassuring members of the public that there is time to register to vote, and to request a postal or proxy vote, in order not to miss out on having a say at the ballot box.

John Mothersole, returning officer for Sheffield, said: “Although, with just seven weeks’ notice, there is less time than usual to prepare for this General Election, we have robust and well-tested systems in place which means that we expect polls in Sheffield to run smoothly.

“Anyone who doesn’t know if they are registered to vote can go online at www.gov.uk and register now, where you can also request to change your details, download an application for a postal vote, or request a proxy vote. Don’t leave it too late to make sure you’re ready to vote – the deadline for new voter registration is 22 May.

“On the day itself, polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm, so you have all day to go and vote.”

Results of the General Election, which will see six MPs elected for Sheffield, will be expected in the early hours of Friday, 9 June.

The five constituencies wholly in Sheffield are Sheffield Central, Sheffield Hallam, Sheffield Heeley, Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough, and Sheffield South East.

The seat of Penistone and Stocksbridge covers the north of Sheffield along with parts of Barnsley.

Anyone with queries about voting should call Sheffield City Council’s elections helpline on 0114 273 4093 or visit www.sheffield.gov.uk/elections.

All the results from the elections will be tweeted as they are announced at #sheffieldvotes and #GE2017 and also updated on the council’s Sheffield Newsroom site at www.sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk.