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2016 elections: where to vote and how to follow

There are elections on Thursday, 5 May. If you will be voting on the day you will have been sent a poll card before the election telling you where to vote.  If you need to check which polling station you should vote at, you can see all Bradford District polling stations on our website.

All polling stations will be open from 7am to 10pm.

This year there are Bradford District elections for seats on Bradford Council and also an election for the Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Yorkshire area. When you go to your polling station, you will be given a separate ballot paper for each election.

Counting your votes and declaring results

The Bradford District election count will start at 9.30am on Friday, 6 May. We will publish results on our website as they are declared and we will tweet each result using the hashtag #bradfordvotes.

This year you can also watch live online as the Bradford District election results are declared on Friday morning.

The Police and Crime Commissioner count will start at 2pm on Friday, 6 May. The results of this election will be published on the Wakefield Council website.

Journey of your vote

Have you ever wondered what exactly happens to your vote after you have put it into the ballot box?

After the polling stations close sealed ballot boxes are taken to the count venues for verification. The Returning Officer and count staff in ward teams empty the ballot boxes for verification.

The verification process checks that the number of ballot papers in the ballot boxes tallies with the numbers of ballot papers issued.

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New home for democracy information online

We have created a new section on our website to help you take a more active role in local democracy and to create greater transparency.

To make it as useful as possible we would like your feedback and input.

What you will find in this new democracy section

The new democracy section currently includes:

  • Council meetings information including agendas, minutes, declarations of interest etc
  • Decisions made and forward plans
  • Reports
  • Information on outside bodies which impact Council services
  • Parish councils’ information
  • Councillor, MP and MEP contact information.

Things that are different with the new section are:

  • Information that used to be in different parts of our website is now all together
  • It is now mobile friendly
  • You can now easily link to individual documents
  • All documents relating to a specific agenda item can be linked together
  • You can add a meeting to your own personal calendar
  • A “What’s new” section automatically shows the latest documents
  • You can sign up for alerts about for documents
  • There is a mobile app version

mod.gov mobile app

The mod.gov mobile app will let you download and view papers for Bradford Council meetings on your smartphone or tablet. The app is available from the Google Play Store and from the Apple App Store.

When you first open the app you will see a “Publisher”  screen, where you need to choose Bradford from the list.  Then you choose which committees you are interested in.

We would like your feedback

Does it do what you think it should?

Can you easily find what you are looking for in this new section?

Are you able to do everything you would expect, and want to be able to do? Continue reading New home for democracy information online