Your vote matters tomorrow

Issued on behalf of the Returning Officer for Highland

Voters in the three Highland constituencies for the UK Parliamentary General Election of: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross, Skye and Lochaber; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey are being reminded by Returning Officer Steve Barron that their vote matters.

Tomorrow (Thursday 7 May) voting begins with 283 polling stations opening their doors at 7am and remaining open for voters until 10pm.

To mark your vote in the General Election simply mark a single X (cross) against your choice of candidate.

Voters in The Highland Council’s Nairn Ward 19 area are reminded that they will have two ballot papers – a white ballot paper for the UK Parliamentary General Election and yellow ballot paper for the Nairn by-election.

Voting in the Nairn by-election is by single transferrable vote and voters should make as many or as few choices out of the 5 candidates that they wish. Voters should make their mark by putting the number 1 in the voting box next to their first choice; number 2 in the voting box next to their second choice; and so on.

The General Election count will take place overnight on Thursday 7 May, starting as soon after 10pm as possible at the Highland Football Academy, Victoria Park, Dingwall.

Verification of the Nairn by-election ballot papers will take place overnight (7 May) at the Highland Football Academy in Dingwall and the count will take place on Friday 8 May at Nairn Community Centre from 2pm onwards.

Postal voters who have missed the post are reminded that they can hand both their General Election and by-election postal ballot papers in to any of the Highland polling stations up until 10pm tomorrow.

To check where you’re local polling station is visit the council’s website at www.highland.gov.uk/ge2015. Taking your poll card to the polling station helps, but don’t worry it if you forget it as you can still vote without it – just take yourself and vote.

Further information on the UK Parliamentary Election can be viewed at:  www.highland.gov.uk/ge2015; and the Nairn by-election at: http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/799/elections_and_voting/371/elections/12

6 May 2015
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