With less than a week to go until the deadline to register to vote in the Scottish council elections, Returning Officer Fiona Lees is urging East Ayrshire residents to make sure they are registered in time.
Fiona said: “It’s important that everyone who is eligible to vote has the opportunity to do so, particularly 16 and 17 year olds who may be voting for the first time. Registering is easy, and you can do it online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote in just a few minutes. Anyone without internet access can register to vote by completing a paper form and returning it to the Electoral Registration office at 9 Wellington Square, Ayr by the 17 April registration deadline.
“Even if you will be away on holiday, or think you might be caught up in work, you can still have your say by applying to vote by post or proxy. Registration and postal vote and proxy forms are all available by calling 01292 612221.”
Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, said: “Our research shows that over a quarter of people in Scotland think that if you are old enough to vote then you are automatically registered, but in fact everyone must register themselves individually. Registering to vote is easy to do and means that you can have your say in these important elections.”
Residents can check who is standing in their ward by visiting www.east-ayrshire.gov.uk/Resources/PDF/N/NoticeofPoll.pdf. The notice of poll is also available to view at various local offices and libraries across East Ayrshire and on the noticeboard at Council HQ, London Road, Kilmarnock.