Voters go to polls for Doncaster Council elections and AV referendum

The Elections team back l-r Mathew Robinson and Joanne Cawthorne. Front l-r Katie Oliver, Simon Davies, Sharon Cope, Tony Machin and Andrea Oxley. Picture: Marie Caley D2384MC

The Elections team back l-r Mathew Robinson and Joanne Cawthorne. Front l-r Katie Oliver, Simon Davies, Sharon Cope, Tony Machin and Andrea Oxley. Picture: Marie Caley D2384MC

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VOTERS go to the polls today for the Doncaster Council elections.

A total of 91 candidates will be standing across the borough’s 21 wards with 189 polling stations open from 7am until 10pm.

Doncaster Council’s elections team is reminding residents to use their vote.

Tony Machin, head of electoral services, said: “Hundreds of council staff will be working to ensure every constituent has their opportunity to vote.”

Last year Labour regained overall control of the council after it gained several seats. The group currently has 36 councillors, followed by Conservatives with nine. The Liberal Democrats has eight members, the Alliance of Independent Members five, Community Group has three and there are two independents.

Despite being the majority party Labour does not have many powers because of the mayoral system.

As well as nominating their councillor voters will receive an AV referendum ballot paper at the polling station.

The electorate is being asked whether they would like the system used in Doncaster’s mayoral elections introduced where candidates are ranked in order of preference and knocked out round by round until someone gets 50 per cent of the vote. Currently MPs are elected using the first past the post system where the MP where people have one choice and the candidate with the most votes wins.

The council election result will appear on our website on Friday.

For more on the election and a full list of candidates visit www.doncaster.gov.uk/elections