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Frequently asked questions about elections and voting are listed below.

Poll cards

This may not necessarily mean that you cannot vote. Check that you are registered by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer right away. 

If you are registered, you do not need your poll card to vote.

Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221.

There may have been a change to your polling place for this election. Did you get a letter to explain this?

Phone the Council Election Office on 01563 576555.

Poll cards are also sent to postal voters.

Does your poll card say 'postal poll card' on the front?

  • If yes - you will receive a postal vote for this election.
  • If no - phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221.

 16 and 17 year olds are allowed to vote at the Council election.

We don't issue replacement poll cards. However, you do not need your poll card to vote at the election. As long as you are on the register you will be able to vote.

Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221 if you want to double check if you are on the register.

We apologise for any upset that has been caused. The registration of the death in Ayrshire is normally notified automatically.

Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221 or email ero@ayrshire.vjb.gov.uk with the deceased person's details to ensure they are off the register.

Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221.

Registration

You can find out by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer. Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221. 

Applications to register must be made by 18 April 2021.

Applications received after 18 April will not be processed in time for the Council election.

You can apply to register online on the UK Government website or phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221. Alternatively, you can apply by filling in a form and returning it to the Electoral Registration Office.

The deadline for registration of applications is 18 April 2021. Applications to register should be made as soon as possible.

Applications received after 198April will not be processed in time for this election.

You can apply to register online on the UK Government website or phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221. Alternatively, you can apply by filling in a form and returning it to the Electoral Registration Office.

The deadline for registration of applications is 18 April 2021.

If it's after 18 April you can still vote at your old address if you are still registered at that address. However, for future elections you should re-register at your new address.

If you want to check that you are still registered at your old address you should contact the Electoral Registration Office in the area of your old address.

Postal voting

Your application to vote by post must be received by the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on 19 April 2021.

Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221. 

There will be two major issues of postal votes:

  • First issue around 14 April 2022
  • Second issue around 26 April 2022

It depends on when you submit your application what delivery date you will be in.

If you will be away from home you should double check this date. Phone the Council Election Office on 01563 576555.

You can get an application form from the Electoral Registration Office at Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board

You need to return the form to the Electoral Registration Officer as soon as possible, It must be received by 5pm on 19 April 2021.

The postal address is 9 Wellington Square, Ayr KA7 1HL.

Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221.

You can change your postal vote up until 5pm on 19 April. You need to make the request to cancel, in writing, to the Electoral Registration Officer.

However, if you have already received your postal vote and posted it back, you will not be allowed to cancel or make changes.

Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221 or email  ero@ayrshire-vjb.gov.uk or write to Electoral Registration Officer, 9 Wellington Square, Ayr KA17 1HL.

You have missed the deadline to apply for a postal vote for the forthcoming election. There may be time to apply for a proxy vote up until 5pm on 26 April.

Applications to vote by emergency proxy at this election, ie made after the 26 April deadline on the grounds of:

  • disability suffered after that deadline (or, for applicants who suffered a disability before the deadline, their disability meant that they could not reasonably have made an application in time)
  • work/service reasons
  • following Scottish Government advice or the advice of a medical professional in relation to coronavirus, being detained in a hospital under the civil sections of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
  • or for Scottish prisoners serving a sentence of 12 months or less

must reach the relevant Electoral Registration Officer at the address below by 5pm on Thursday 5 May 2022.

To apply on the grounds of work/service, the person must have become aware that they cannot go to the polling station in person after 5pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022.

Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221.

 The Election Office can issue you with a replacement before 10pm on 5 May. Phone the Election Office on 01563 576555.

How and where to vote

 The date of the election is Thursday 5 May 2022.

Your poll card should tell you the location of your polling place.

There may have been a review of the polling places in your area since the last election and your polling place may have changed as a result.

Phone the Council Election Office on 01563 576555.

Polling hours are between 7am and 10pm.

Information will be provided by staff at the polling station, or if you opted to vote by post, instructions will be in your ballot pack.

Phone the Council Election Office on 01563 576555.

You can download an application form on the Electoral Commission website. Deadline for applications is 26 April 2021.

Phone the Electoral Registration Officer on 01292 612221 for further guidance and assistance.

Access issues

There are different options for casting your vote:

  • at a polling station
  • by post
  • by appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf

All polling stations are fully accessible. The staff are trained and have access to equipment to assist disabled electors to vote in secret or with the assistance of polling station staff.

Disabled electors may also bring a companion to assist them to vote at a polling station.

Phone the Council Election Office on 01563 576555 for details of access to any particular polling place and the assistance that will be available.

Tactile voting templates and large print versions of ballot papers are available at all polling places.

You can take a companion with you (close relative or elector qualified to vote) to assist you, or ask staff at the polling place for help.

Phone the Council Election Office on 01563 576555.

Ballot papers cannot be printed in languages other than English.

However, there will be guidance notices available in other languages in the polling place.

Phone the Council Election Office on 01563 576555 for further information.

Each polling place is different but all have wheelchair access. You can obtain more details by contacting the Election Office.

Phone the Council Election Office on 01563 576555 for further information.

Contact Information

 

Election Services

 

Ayrshire Valuation Joint Board
9 Wellington Square
Ayr
South Ayrshire
KA7 1HL
Telephone: 01292 612221