ELECTORAL officials have reminded shire residents to ensure they have registered for a ballot paper in time for the May Elections.
With less than a month to go before the shire goes to the polls on May 3, local electors should ensure that they are on the electoral register, lest they find themselves turned away at the polling station.
Electoral Registration Officer Ian Milton said: “You must be on the electoral register to have your say on who sits on your council. If you have recently moved to the area or have moved house it is important to make sure that you register at your new address otherwise you won’t be able to vote.
“It only takes a couple of minutes to complete a registration form but you must make sure we receive it by Wednesday, April 18.”
Andy O’Neill, Head of the Scotland Office at the Electoral Commission, the independent elections watchdog, also reminded voters that they can still vote even if they can’t make it to the polling station on May 3.
“Even if you will be away on holiday, or think you might be caught up in work, you can make sure you have your say by applying to vote by post or proxy.”
The deadline for applying to vote at these elections is 5pm on Wednesday, April 18. You can register by contacting the Grampian Electoral Registration Officer on (01224) 664848 or at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms are available for download from www.voteaberdeenshire.org. Forms can also be sent to electors by post if they call 01224 664848 or email: email@example.com.
Electors can also pick up a form in person from the Electoral Registration Offices at Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen; Mitchell Burnett House, Colleonard Road, Banff.