Use numbers not an ‘X’

VOTERS are being reminded about the system they have to use at today’s council elections.

The Single Transferable Vote (STV) system means people have to use numbers instead of an X to mark their ballot papers.

Voters number candidates in order of choice. They mark a 1 by their first choice candidate, a 2 by their second, a 3 by their third and so on.

Voters do not need to number all the candidates if they don’t want to but they will need to number at least one for their vote to count.

Colin Mackenzie, Aberdeenshire Council’s returning officer, said: “This year we are voting with numbers instead of using an ‘X’.

“It’s important to take the time to read the ballot paper instructions carefully so you can be sure you have completed your ballot paper properly.”

The independent Electoral Commission has sent a voter information booklet to all homes in Scotland, a copy of which is also available online at

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission’s Scotland Office said: “It’s your vote and we don’t want you to lose it by not filling in the ballot paper correctly.

“Make sure your vote counts on May 3 by reading the booklet we sent to every house.”