Highland Council Tain and Easter Ross By-election - make sure your vote counts

logoIssued on behalf of the Returning Officer

Polling will take place on Thursday 13 June 2024 to fill the vacant seat for The Highland Council's Tain and Easter Ross ward and voters are being reminded to be ready to make their vote count.

The single transferable vote system will be used. Instead of using a cross, voters should number the candidates in the order of their choice, putting a number 1 in the box next to the name of the candidate who is their first choice, 2 in the box next to their second choice and so on. Voters can mark as many choices as they wish.

Postal packs have been despatched to those registered electors that submitted a form by the postal vote deadline.  Further guidance on how to complete your postal pack is available here 

Anyone who has requested a postal vote will not be able to vote in person at a polling station. However, it is possible to hand your complete postal pack into a polling station within the ward between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 13 June 2024, if you are unable to post it in time.

For those opting to vote in person on Thursday 13 June, polling stations will be open from 7am until 10pm. People are reminded to check their poll cards carefully as this will have details of where they need to go to cast their vote.

More details of polling places is available on the Council’s website -  - Ward 7 Polling Places Locations

The candidates standing for election for Ward 7–Tain and Easter Ross are:

  • ALLISON Gordon - Scottish National Party (SNP)
  • BARNETT Andrew - Scottish Green Party
  • CHRISTIAN Harry - Scottish Libertarian Party
  • COHEN Barbara - Scottish Liberal Democrats
  • DUNDAS Laura - Independent
  • SHEARER John - Independent
  • SHORT Eva - Scottish Conservative and Unionist

The election count will take place in Tain Royal Academy, Tain on Friday 14 June 2024 starting at 9.30am. People will be able to follow the count and watch the declaration of the results live via this link -  or on the Council’s social media channels - @highlandcouncil

All information about the by-election, including answers to frequently asked questions and short video clips to show how to vote is available by visiting the Council’s website   www.highland.gov.uk/byelection


10 Jun 2024