Reminder as to how to vote in Local Council Elections

Wednesday May 3rd 2017

How To Vote Local Election

The method of voting differs in a local election to other elections and so here is a guide as to the method of voting.

For Scottish council elections you will need to vote using numbers.

Your ballot paper will list all the candidates standing to be councillors in your ward. You will be asked to number the candidates in order of your choice using 1, 2, 3 and so on.

In this election you can make as many or as few choices as you wish.

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 don’t have to number every candidate. As long as you number at least one, your vote will be counted.

If you make a mistake on your ballot paper, you can ask for a new one.

The Single Transferable Vote (STV) is the voting system used to cast and count your vote at Scottish council elections.

It is a form of proportional representation which means that each party’s share of seats in any given council more closely reflect its share of overall votes.

STV is a voting system where instead of casting a single vote for a single candidate; you can express a list of preferences by numbering the candidates on your ballot paper 1, 2, 3 and so on. In Scottish council elections 3 or 4 councillors are elected to the council in your ward.

In Midlothian 3 councillors are elected in each ward.

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