Don’t miss out on your election vote

PEOPLE have been urged to make sure they know how to vote in the local government elections on Thursday, May 3.

On that day, voters will have the opportunity to elect 24 councillors to serve on East Dunbartonshire Council.

There are three ways to take part in the election.

In the age old tradition, you can go along to your local polling place between 7am and 10pm on May 3 and vote in person. You will receive a polling card in advance which will tell you where to vote.

If you are not able to vote in person or prefer the convenience of not having to attend a polling station, then you can request a postal vote. The closing date for applications is Wednesday, April 18.

People who can’t get to their polling place and would like someone else to vote for them can apply for a proxy vote.

The cut-off point for applying for a proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday, April 25, and you must give a valid reason why you are applying.

Gerry Cornes, the council’s chief executive, is the Returning Officer for the election. He said: “It is worth noting now that none of these options are open to you if you are not on the electoral register.

“It is quick and easy to check if you are registered to vote and just as simple to register if you haven’t done so already. You must have registered by Wednesday, April 18 to have your say in May.”

To find out if you are registered to vote, to request a registration form or to apply for either a postal vote or a proxy vote, go to the website of your local Valuation Joint Board at Alternatively call them on 0141 562 1200 or write to The Electoral Registration Officer, 235 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 4XJ.