Scottish Independence Referendum
The Scottish Independence Referendum will be held on Thursday, 18th September, 2014. Voters will be asked to place a cross next to the Yes or No option on the ballot paper in response to the question: “Should Scotland be an independent country?”
Further information about this Referendum, including how to register, how to vote and how to apply for a postal or proxy vote, together with information for participants in the Referendum campaign, can be found here.
For any further queries about the Referendum in the Aberdeenshire Council area, please call 08456-080147.
European Parliament Election 2014
The European Parliament Election was held in the UK on Thursday, 22nd May. Electors were asked to cast their vote on the ballot paper for one of nine political parties who stood at the election. Votes cast within the electoral region of Scotland were aggregated from each of the 32 local authority areas and six MEPs were elected as follows: 2 from the Scottish National Party (SNP), 2 from the Labour Party, one Conservative and one from the UK Independence Party (UKIP).
Further details about the European Parliament Election, including the detailed result of votes cast in the Aberdeenshire Council area, can be found here.
A Schools Election project was organised by the Council’s Electoral Participation Group involving Ellon Academy, Turriff Academy and Meldrum Academy.
Further details about this project can be found on the Schools Election 2014 webpages.
A previous electoral participation project took place in June 2014, primarily involving Ellon Academy. Pupils residing in the Ellon and Foveran Community Council areas voted for fellow pupils who stood for election as part of the Council’s Community Council Pilot Project. Those elected were co-opted for one year as full members of the relevant community council. Further details about this project can be found on the Schools Election 2013 webpages.
Aberdeenshire Council also ran a major schools election project in September, 2013, based on the Scottish Independence Referendum scheduled to take place nationally on 18th September, 2014. The Aberdeenshire Schools Referendum on Scottish Independence involved pupils from all 17 secondary schools in the Council area plus all 4 special schools.
Fifth Review of Local Government Electoral Arrangements
The Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland commenced its Fifth Review of Electoral Arrangements in February, 2014, when it met with each of Scotland’s 32 local authorities to discuss recommendations for the number of elected members on each council. Initial proposals were thereafter published for public consultation on 29 May.
Local people and interested parties are invited to comment on the proposals for the Aberdeenshire Council area, which recommend increasing the number of councillors from the present 68 to 70. The Commission's detailed proposals can be found here.
The review will eventually result in recommendations to Scottish Ministers for the number of members on each council, together with the number and boundaries of wards for the election of those councillors.
Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places
Each council is required by law to carry out a review every fifth year to ensure that it provides facilities for voting and that polling places are accessible to all electors, including voters with a disability. For more information on the recently-concluded review, please visit our Statutory Review of Polling Districts and Polling Places web pages. A similar review was previously undertaken in 2011, full details of which can be found here.
Voting in an election is your chance to help decide who makes decisions that affect you every day.
Under the direction of the Returning Officer, Council staff are responsible for running all elections, which include the election of councilors to Aberdeenshire Council as well as MSPs, MPs and MEPs for the area. For information on specific election topics such as previous election results, how and where to vote, and voting systems, please follow the links on the left of this page.
Who represents me?
Information on who represents you on Aberdeenshire Council, in the Scottish Parliament and Westminster, and in Europe, can be found on the following page. You can also find your local polling station by using our mapping service.
Local Government Elections 2012
For information on the elections to Aberdeenshire Council on 3 May, 2012, including the results for each ward please view our Local Government Elections 2012 webpage. Further reports are now available on these pages, showing patterns of candidate preference expressed by voters at the elections.
Sixth Review of UK Parliamentary Constituencies
In September, 2012, the Boundary Commission published its revised proposals for constituencies as part of the Sixth Review of UK Parliamentary Constituencies. In January this year, the UK Parliament decided not to proceed with the current review and to conduct a new review after 2015 instead.
Full details of the review can be found on the Commission's website at www.bcomm-scotland.gov.uk.
For more information on these projects please contact our Election Team.
If your query relates to whether you are on the electoral register or if you wish to apply for a postal or proxy vote, please contact the Electoral Registration Officer.