Helping everyone to vote

Postal voting packs are now being delivered for the Scottish Council Elections on Thursday 4 May and, as postal voters can ask someone they know to help them, personal carers in East Ayrshire are being asked again this year to help their service users to complete their postal voting statement if they need assistance.

As has happened before, over 600 personal carers who work within the East Ayrshire area have received advice from the Returning Officer on how they can help postal voters properly fill in and return their postal packs. Personal carers are aware of the need for strict confidentiality at all times.

Fiona Lees, Returning Officer, said: “There are a significant number of postal voters in this area and I want to ensure that every one of these votes count. The availability of East Ayrshire personal carers, who are known to service users, to help them when help is required, is therefore welcomed.

“In general, anyone who receives a postal voting pack should make sure they read and follow the instructions carefully, and don’t forget to include your date of birth and signature on the postal voting statement.”

Completed postal packs must be received by the Returning Officer by 10pm on 4 May at the latest. As soon as you have completed your ballot paper and postal voting statement, place them in the envelope provided and post them immediately to make sure they are received in good time.

Completed postal packs can also be returned to any polling station within the East Ayrshire area between 7am and 10pm on the day of the election.

For further information, visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk.

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