Make sure you’re ready to have your say on 6 May

With two weeks left until voters in Aberdeen go to the polls on 6 May, Aberdeen City Council is urging voters to get ready to vote in the Scottish Parliament election.

Polling places will be safe places to vote on 6 May. People voting in person are encouraged to keep themselves and others safe by:

  • wearing a face covering;
  • bringing their own pen or pencil;
  • cleaning their hands when entering and leaving the polling station;
  • keeping a safe distance.

Anyone who finds that they will not be able to attend the polling station in person may apply to vote by proxy. Applications to vote by proxy normally need to be made by 5pm on 27 April. If a voter falls ill or is called away from home at short notice for work or studies after the deadline, and thus cannot attend the polling station, they can apply for an emergency proxy vote up to 5pm on polling day.

Voters should not attend the polling station if they have symptoms of Covid-19, or if they have been asked to self-isolate. Anyone who develops symptoms or is asked to self-isolate shortly before polling day has up to 5pm on polling day to apply for an emergency proxy vote. This allows them to nominate someone they trust to vote on their behalf.

Fraser Bell, Returning Officer for Aberdeen City Council, said: “Your poll card will tell you where to find your polling place. Make sure you check the information on your polling card, as your polling place might have changed since the last elections. You do not need your poll card to vote, however, we encourage you to bring it with you to make the process quicker and more efficient. After you have voted, please take your polling card away with you – staff cannot accept it or dispose of it for you.

“If you have mislaid your poll card and are not sure where your polling place is you can use your postcode on www.wheredoivote.co.uk to get the address of your polling place.

“Polling places will be open from 7am to 10pm on Thursday 6 May. Voters who have opted to vote by post must return their postal ballot pack by 10pm; they can hand it in at their polling place if they don’t have time to return it by post.”

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, said: “If you are voting in person, make sure you remember to bring your face covering and a pen or pencil with you. At the polling place, help keep yourself and others safe by following the safety measures, including sanitising your hands and keeping a safe distance from others.

“If you are self-isolating or become unwell as a result of Covid-19, you don’t need to lose your vote. You will be able to apply for an emergency proxy vote so that someone you trust can vote on your behalf.”

For further information on how to apply to vote by proxy, voters should contact the electoral registration team at www.voteaberdeen.org

For further information and FAQs on the forthcoming elections are available on the City Council’s election webpage at Frequently asked questions - Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021 | Aberdeen City Council.