Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ways to vote; in person, by post or by proxy

There are several significant 'electoral events' on the imminent horizon ...

... details here, and re-produced below, outlining all you need to know about how to cast your vote:

Ways to vote

Vote in person, by post or by proxy

Most people choose to vote in person on the day of the election at their polling station. If you are not able to vote in person you can apply
  • to vote by post
  • for someone to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

Deadlines for upcoming elections

You can register to vote at any time.
The deadline to be register for the Scottis Election was Monday 18 April. 
    If you are registered, you can apply for a new proxy vote until 5pm on Tuesday 26 April.
    The deadline to register for the EU referendum is Tuesday 7 June. 

    Postal voting

    You need to apply for a postal vote(external link) if you want to vote by post.
    If your address has changed since you applied, you will need to
    If you are resident in Scotland but voting from abroad, remember it will take time for your voting pack to reach you, and for you to send it back. If you are applying close to polling day, you may find it easier to apply for a proxy vote instead.

    Proxy voting

    If you are not able to vote in person or by post then you can apply to vote by proxy(external link). This means you can ask someone to go to a polling station and vote for you. Your proxy can also apply to vote by post, if you apply early enough.
    You must apply for a proxy vote in advance - it is illegal for someone to vote for you if you have not been granted a proxy vote.

    Emergency proxy

    If you have a medical or work emergency, you can apply for an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day. More information about how to apply for an emergency proxy will be available closer to the time of the election.

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