06 April 2012
Postal voting

Isles get set to vote by post

Voters in Orkney’s island communities are being reminded to make sure they apply for a postal vote before April 18 for the May 3 Council elections.

Sanday, Stronsay, Eday, Rousay, Egilsay, Wyre, Gairsay, Shapinsay, Hoy & Walls, Flotta and Westray will all join Papay, North Ronldsay and Graemsay in a postal vote system this election.

Voters will need to register to get a postal vote pack and return it to the Orkney Electoral Registration Office by 5pm on April 18 or travel to Mainland Orkney to vote.

When you register for a postal vote, you can elect to use postal votes for all future elections, or for just the next election - so anyone who has already registered for postal votes for future elections need not apply again. However if you are not sure, just call us here at the Electoral Registration Office and we’ll confirm your situation for you.

You must be on the Electoral Roll to vote – so we’d also urge anyone who is not sure whether or not they are registered to contact us to check.

Postal vote application forms were sent to all registered voters in the isles in December. Residents who have returned their postal vote pack do not need to do anything more – but anyone who has misplaced their application form or is not sure if they returned a pack should contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01856 876222 or email ero@orkney.gov.uk .

To find out more about registering to vote or applying for a postal vote, contact the Electoral Registration Office, 8 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX, adjacent to the Cathedral. Contact on 01856 876222 or email ero@orkney.gov.uk

You can download a postal vote application form from the Council website www.orkney.gov.uk.

News Release from the OIC

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