Are you ready to have your say in the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September?
With less than a month to go until the big vote on Scotland’s future, South Ayrshire residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to take part in the Scottish Independence Referendum on Thursday 18 September.
Eileen Howat, Counting Officer for the South Ayrshire Council area, said: “The referendum on 18 September will decide the future direction of Scotland and we don’t want anyone to miss out on having their say because they weren’t registered or didn’t know how to vote.
“Poll cards have been sent out to everyone who is on the electoral register. So, if you think you’re registered to vote, but haven’t received your poll card, please contact us as soon as possible as you must be on the register by 2 September if you want to vote in the referendum.”
Poll cards include information for voters on where to find their local polling station, which will be open from 7am until 10pm on polling day.
“A number of our polling stations changed following a review earlier this year to minimise the use of schools at election time, so please make sure you check your poll card and know where you need to go as it could be different from the last time you voted.
“If you won’t be able to get to the polling station on 18 September, you can still have your say in the referendum as you can apply to vote by post or by proxy (where you appoint someone you know and trust to vote on your behalf).
“You need to apply by 5pm on 3 September to vote by post or proxy. I would advise voters that if applying for a postal vote because you’ll be away, please make sure you’ll have time to receive and return your ballot paper to us by 10pm on 18 September; otherwise a proxy vote may be the better option.
“Regardless of how you intend to vote, you must be registered to do, so register now if you don’t want to miss out.”
Electoral registration forms – along with forms to arrange a postal or proxy vote – are available by calling 01292 612221 or online at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk. Further details on the referendum – including links to voter registration forms – can be found at www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/referendum.
The Scottish Independence Referendum takes place on Thursday 18 September 2014.
The referendum gives you the chance to have your say on whether Scotland should be an independent country or not.
You must be registered to vote by midnight on Tuesday 2 September 2014 to vote in the referendum on 18 September 2014.
The deadline for applying for a postal vote or a proxy vote (where someone casts your vote on your behalf) is 5pm on Wednesday 3 September 2014.
There are three ways to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum: In person, at our polling places from 7am to 10pm on 18 September 2014. Your polling place will be detailed on your poll card; By post; By proxy – where you trust someone else to cast your vote on your behalf.