5 May 2015

Sheffield electors are being reminded that Thursday is the day to go and vote by Sheffield City Council’s Elections team.

In addition to the General Election on Thursday (7 May), Sheffield’s electors will also be having their say in the Local and Parish elections in the city.

“By now, everyone in Sheffield who’s on the electoral roll should have received a polling card, showing which polling station they need to go to in order to vote,” said John Mothersole, Returning Officer for the local elections in Sheffield.

“All polling stations are open from 7am in the morning until 10pm, so you have all day to go and vote. You don’t need to take your polling card with you to vote, so don’t worry if you don’t have it with you when you call in, although sometimes it can be helpful to have it with you.

“If you have a postal vote and you haven’t already posted it, you can hand it in to any polling station up to 10pm on Thursday. If you do have a postal vote, then please take responsibility for it. You need to complete it personally and follow all the instructions.”

If you still have any queries about voting 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 shown on the Council’s web site after they have been announced on Friday. The General Election count will take place overnight and the Local and Parish Election votes will be counted on Friday afternoon.


Notes for Editors:

A total of 45 candidates will be standing for election in the six Parliamentary constituencies in Sheffield (the Stocksbridge and Penistone constituency traverses the Sheffield/Barnsley border) and there will be 167 candidates across the 28 wards in Sheffield – a third of the city’s seats.

This year two of the current Members of Parliament are not seeking re-election on Thursday 7 May – David Blunkett in Brightside and Hillsborough and Meg Munn in Sheffield Heeley.

Of the 28 Sheffield City Council seats up for election this May, 21 are currently held by Labour, six by the Liberal Democrats and one by the Green Party.

The overall political make-up of the City Council is currently: 59 seats held by the Labour Party, 18 by the Liberal Democrats, four by the Green Party and three UKIP.

The full list of candidates for Sheffield’s elections can be found at Sheffield elections.