Today’s the day to cast your vote for both the local elections in Sheffield and the Mayoral elections in South Yorkshire.
In Sheffield, you will be given two ballot papers - one to vote for your local election candidate and one to vote for the new Sheffield City Region Mayor who will represent South Yorkshire.
Polling stations are open from 7am to 10pm. Don’t worry if you have lost your polling card - you can still vote. Just give the polling staff your name and address and they will check you off on the electoral register.
If you have a postal vote which you haven’t sent back you can still vote today. Just take your postal vote to your local polling station or Sheffield Town Hall.
You can also apply for an emergency proxy vote, which is when you nominate someone else to vote on your behalf. You can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day and you’ll need to contact Electoral Services at the Town Hall on 0114 273 4093.
With the local elections, you need to put a cross next to one candidate. In the Mayoral election, the voting system is different.
With the Mayoral election, you can choose two candidates, a first choice and a second choice. You don’t have to choose a second candidate if you don’t want to.
On the Mayoral ballot paper there are two columns - A is for your first choice and B is for your second choice. For your first choice candidate, put an X in the box next to their name in column A. If you want to choose a second choice, put an X in the box next to their name in column B.
You can’t vote for the same person twice in both columns. If you only want to choose one person, make sure the X is in column A. Polling station staff will be on hand to help.
You can find your polling station on Sheffield Council’s website. The local election votes will be counted overnight on Thursday into Friday so the results will be known by Friday morning.
The count for the Mayoral election takes places at lunchtime on Friday and the results will be known in the afternoon.