York could be the last place to declare a result on election day.
People go to the polls to vote for councils up and down the country on Thursday, 4 May.
City of York Council is among them, but it doesn’t include the North Yorkshire Council, which was elected last year.
National media agency the Press Association has issued a list of provisional declaration times for the results of the elections in 230 councils across the country.
And it says York could be the very last to declare – at 8pm on Friday, 5 May.
That’s 19 and a half hours after the council which is predicted to deliver its result first. That is Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, forecast to declare at 12.30am on the Friday.
East Riding of Yorkshire is forecast to declare at 6pm.
PA says: “Some timings are based on previous elections, and all times are subject to change.”
In the last elections, City of York Council declared its final result – for the Hull Road Ward – at 7.57pm on Friday, 3 May 2019.
In the 2019 election, the council took the decision not to count the votes overnight, but to start the count at 9am the following day. Many other authorities did likewise.
The same is happening in York this year, although the venue has changed. In 2019 the count was at Energise, but this year it takes place at York Racecourse.
A City of York Council spokesperson said: “We’re not able to provide any prediction on announcement times as it’s very much dependent on turnout, closeness of the vote and recounts.”