On 5th May, your vote counts: please use it!

Before the Scottish Parliament Election on Thursday 5 May, voters are being reminded of some simple steps they can take to make sure they can have their say in the election:

  • Check where you should vote. Details of your local polling station will be on your poll card. If you have not received it or are unsure of where to go, call the election office helpline on 01563 576555. Polling stations will be open from 7am – 10pm.
  • Bring your poll card with you to the polling station as it will speed things up. But don’t worry if you don’t have it; you can still vote without it.
  • In this election, there are two ballot papers; one constituency ballot paper coloured lilac and one regional ballot paper coloured peach. On each paper, vote only once by putting a cross in the box next to your chosen candidate or party.
  • If you’re unsure of how to complete your ballot papers, there will be instructions on the papers, or a member of staff will be able to help you.
  • When you have marked each ballot paper, fold them, show the backs of the papers to staff and then pop them in the ballot box marked in the same colour as the paper.
  • If you applied for a postal vote and have left it too late to post back, you can drop it off at any polling station within the relevant constituency before 10pm on the day of the election.
  • For more information on voting and the election visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

Fiona Lees, Constituency Returning Officer for the Kilmarnock and Irvine Valley and Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituencies, said: “We are expecting a good turnout at this election and I am sure that people will find the arrangements to allow them to cast their votes easy and efficient.”

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