Your right to vote is personal - no-one should stop you from voting or interfere with your right to vote.
Calderdale Council and West Yorkshire Police work together to ensure that elections in Calderdale are free, fair and transparent. Procedures are in place, to detect and prevent electoral fraud, both in the lead up to and during the elections.
However, if you notice any suspicious activity, or become aware that electoral offences are, or may be, being committed, you should report it immediately to the Returning Officer.
The following activities are against the law:
Bribery - candidates or their supporters cannot give money or offer gifts to persuade you to vote a particular way.
Treating - candidates or their supporters cannot directly or indirectly give or provide food, drink or entertainment in order to influence a voter.
Intimidation - candidates or their supporters cannot use undue influence or intimidation of any kind to influence the way you vote.
Multiple Voting (i.e. voting more than once) – you should not vote, or attempt to vote, more than once in the same election. This applies to both voting in person and by post.
Personation (i.e. voting as someone else) – you should not vote, or attempt to vote, as some other person, even if you know that person is away and how they would have voted. This applies to both voting in person and by post.
How to report offences
You can report any illegal or suspicious activity by completing our online form: Reporting a suspected electoral offence
- Or complete this form and email it back to: firstname.lastname@example.org OR
- Download a copy and send it by post to:
- Electoral Services - The Returning Officer
- Town Hall
- 01422 393103
All reports will be treated with strict confidence and your identity will be protected.