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Remember to register to vote - just a few weeks left

29th March 2011

With both the Scottish Parliament election and a UK-wide referendum taking place on Thursday, May 5, voters should ensure they are registered to vote in time.

“Registering to vote is quick and easy but if you’re not registered by Friday, April 15 you’ll miss out on your chance to have your say in the Scottish Parliament election and the referendum on the voting system used for elections to the UK Parliament,” said Electoral Registration Officer Ian Milton.

“We can help you make sure you’re all set for polling day on May 5.”

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: ero@grampian-ero.gov.uk

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 and 234 High Street, Elgin.

In the Scottish Parliament election, voters in Aberdeenshire will be able to cast their vote for who they want to represent them in the Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Aberdeenshire East and Aberdeenshire West Constituencies and also the North East Scotland region.

At this election, some Aberdeenshire Council residents are in the Aberdeen South and North Kincardine, and Angus North and Mearns Constituencies

Eligible voters in the Banffshire and Buchan Coast, Aberdeenshire East and Aberdeenshire West Constituencies can check the location of their polling station on Aberdeenshire Council’s Where To Vote webpage at: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/elections/where_to_vote.asp

Specific information relevant to neighbouring local authorities can be found at: www.angus.gov.uk/elections, www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/Councillors/ElectionsUnit/rm_Electionshomepage.asp and www.moray.gov.uk/elections

The referendum question being put to voters on Thursday, May 5 is: “At present, the UK uses the ’first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?”

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission’s Scotland office, said: “The Electoral Commission will be sending a booklet to every household in the UK with information about how to have you say on Thursday, May 5 but people will only be able to do that if they’re registered to vote by April 15.”

The deadline for applying to vote at these elections is 5pm on Friday, April 15. You can register by contacting the Grampian Electoral Registration Officer on (01224) 664848 or at: ero@grampian-ero.gov.uk


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