May 3 council elections - making your vote is easy as 1, 2, 3

IT’S less than a month until the council elections on Thursday, May 3, and now that the candidates have been named and polling cards are being issued, it’s time to think about how to vote.

Your ballot paper will list all the candidates standing in your ward in alphabetical order. The number of candidates in each ward varies.

For this election you will need to vote using numbers. If you don’t fill your ballot paper out properly your vote may not count so here’s a helpful guide on how to cast your vote:

* Read the full list of candidates on your ballot paper

* Number the candidates in order of your choice using 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on:

* Put the number 1 in the voting box next to your first choice

* Put the number 2 in the voting box next to your second choice

* Put the number 3 in the voting box next to your third choice and so on.

You can make as many or as few choices as you like and if you only want to vote for one candidate, mark your paper with a ‘1’

As long as you number at least one, your vote will be counted and if you make a mistake on your ballot paper, you can ask for a new one.

A list of all the candidates can be found on the Council’s website at www.eastdunbarton.gov.uk

To be eligible to vote you must be on the electoral register by Wednesday, April 18. To find out if you are registered to vote or to request a registration form, go to www.dab-vjb.gov.uk, call 0141 562 1200 or write to The Electoral Registration Officer, 235 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 4XJ.

To find out more about how to vote, check out the Electoral Commission website www.aboutmyvote.co.uk