BARNSLEY’S local election count will be held the day after votes are cast next month after a box of postal ballots failed to be counted in 2021.

Traditionally, votes are counted overnight after the polling stations close.

However, during the elections on May 5, 2021, the council failed to count a box of postal ballot papers through ‘simple human error’.

This year, voters will take to the polls to elect their local councillor on May 2, and the count will take place on May 3.

Peter Stanyon, chief executive of the Association of Electoral Administrators, said: “We’re confident from our discussions with the returning officer, Sarah Norman, and her staff that they’re committed to delivering a safe, secure and professional election and that appropriate steps will be taken to ensure a similar situation does not occur.”