Friday, 29 August 2014

Guidance on referendum ballot

North Ayrshire residents are being urged to make sure their vote counts at the Independence Referendum by only marking their ballot paper with one ‘X’.

Concerns have been expressed that some voters might be tempted to write on ballots, such as printing ‘YES’ or ‘No’ in response to the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?”  However, Mary Pitcaithly, the Chief Counting Officer for the referendum said, “I want everyone’s vote to count, whether they are voting by post or in person at a polling place on the 18th of September.

“The safest way to ensure your vote counts is to only put one ‘X’ in the box beside the option you want to choose.  People should also take great care when completing their postal voting statement by inserting the correct date of birth and signature.  Mistakes mean that a ballot paper will not be counted.”

Midnight on Tuesday (September 2nd) is the deadline for registering to vote in the referendum.  Applications to vote by post or by proxy must be received by 5.00pm on September 3rd.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be aged 16 or over on September 18th and be living in Scotland. 

North Ayrshire Council Chief Executive Elma Murray is in charge of things locally.  She said, “The Referendum is a significant historical electoral event.  I want as many people as possible to be involved by first of all registering to vote, and secondly by using their vote on September 18th.

Ms Murray noted, “There is still time to get your name on the electoral registrar to make sure you can vote, but the deadline of the 2nd of September is approaching fast.”

Further information is available online at About My Vote.

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