Scottish Local Government Elections 2017
The Scottish Local Government Elections will be held on Thursday 4 May 2017.
As a result of the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland Fifth Statutory Review of Electoral Arrangements, changes will be made to the Council Ward boundaries in North Ayrshire from 4 May 2017.
On Thursday 4 May 2017 voters in North Ayrshire will be asked to vote to elect Councillors for each Ward as follows:-
The Returning Officer for the Elections is Elma Murray (the Council’s Chief Executive) who has a small team who deals with the administration and organisation of the poll including the staffing of polling stations. This team also deals with the organisation of the verification and counting of votes at the count.
The key dates for the Elections, particularly the closing dates for registration, postal and proxy applications are detailed in the attached timetable produced by the Electoral Commission.
2017 Local Government Election Timetable
The formal election notices will be displayed here throughout the election process.
Notice of Election
Notice of Poll (list of candidates standing by Ward)
Notice of Appointment of Election Agents
Notice of Situation of Polling Places
The first issue of Poll Cards is due on 14 March 2017. Subsequent issue dates to be confirmed.
Electors are encouraged to check their poll card carefully. There may have been a review of the polling places in your area since the last elections, and your polling station may have been changed as a result.
Applications to Register to Vote
If you want to vote in the Scottish Local Government Elections you need to be registered to vote. The way we register to vote has changed. People now register as individuals using a new, more secure system.
The last day you can register to vote in these Elections is Monday 17 April 2017.
You can register to vote online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote, or if you would prefer to register by post then you should contact the Electoral Registration Officer, as detailed below, and a paper form will be posted out to you.
If you will be 16 or over by 4 May 2017 you'll be able to vote at the 2017 Scottish Local Government Elections. In order to vote you must be registered.
Applications to vote by Post or Proxy
If you are not able to go to your polling place in person you may wish to apply for a postal or proxy vote. Application forms for a postal or proxy vote can be obtained by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer, or by downloading a form from www.yourvotematters.co.uk website. Only electors who are (or will be) registered individually are entitled to apply to vote by post or proxy.
Contact details for the Electoral Registration Officer are detailed below:-
Electoral Registration Officer
9 Wellington Square
Tel: (01292) 612221
The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications in these Elections is 5.00pm on Tuesday 18 April 2017.
The deadline for new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) is 5.00pm on Tuesday 25 April 2017.
All forms must be returned to the Electoral Registration Office, 9 Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1HL and not to the Council.
The first issue of ballot papers to Postal Voters will take place on 13 April 2017. There will be 2 subsequent issues on 14 April and 25 April 2017. To view the full timetable please click here.
The verification and counting of votes will take place in The Portal, High Street, Irvine on Friday 5 May 2017 commencing at 9.00am.
Admission to the Count will be strictly by accredited admission pass only.
Results from the Scottish Local Government elections will be published in this section following the Count on 5 May 2017.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please click here to see some of our frequently asked questions.
For further information please visit www.yourvotematters.co.uk or contact the Council’s Election Team as below:-
Barry Tudhope, Elections Manager on 01294 324710
Diane McCaw, Elections Office Co-ordinator on 01294 324713