Wakefield Council issues clarification after Lofthouse Gate Working Men's Club wrongly identified as polling station for 2021 local elections

Wakefield Council has issued a clarification after a working men's club was wrongly identified as a polling station to voters.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 6:28 pm

Polling cards were sent to properties in the Lofthouse Gate area of the district instructing people to vote at Lofthouse Gate Working Men's Club at the local elections on May 6.

The council has now said this was a mistake and that voters will instead be diverted to a pop-up polling station located on land opposite the club, on Canal Lane.

Polling cards with the correct information will be sent out to households over the coming days.

Lofthouse Gate Working Men's Club

Gillian Marshall, the council's returning officer, said: "Unfortunately polling cards and letters for the Lofthouse Gate area of the Stanley and Outwood East ward, identifying Lofthouse Gate Working Men’s Club as the polling station, were sent in error and we apologise for any inconvenience and confusion caused.

"A temporary polling station for the area has now been found and new polling cards are due to be delivered between Saturday, April 10 and Tuesday, April 13.

"Poll cards have been printed in a different colour and have a note on to advise electors that this is a replacement poll card due to the location change.

"Electors are reminded that they do not need to take their poll card to the polling station with them on election day."

The local elections will take place on Thursday, May 6

The Lofthouse Gate area is covered by the Stanley and Outwood East ward on Wakefield Council.

If you haven't yet registered to vote in the election, you can do so here before the April 19 deadline https://www.gov.uk/register-to-voteLocal Democracy Reporting Service