Local Elections: The Basics

Just days before the 2017 local elections, a lot of people are still left clueless of how the system operates, who can vote and where they can get the information they need.

First of all, Scottish local elections are held every four years. However, the last one was held in 2012 and had to be postponed because they clashed with the Scottish Parliament election of 2016.

In Scotland, all registered electors who are 16 or over (the voting age is 18 in other areas of the UK), are entitled to vote in local elections. In order to vote an individual must also be a British or Irish citizen, a citizen of a European Union country or a Commonwealth citizen.

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Polling takes place in two days time (the 4th of May) between 7am and 10pm and votes will be counted on Friday the 5th of May.

For this election the Single Transferable Vote system will be used. This is where voters rank the candidates in order of preference – number one being their first choice, number two being second and number three being their third.

Single Transferable Vote (STV)

For more information on local elections or about the candidates in your area, visit  https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/ which explains where your local polling station is and what candidate is standing, simply by typing in your postcode.

Author: Rebecca Graham

19-year-old student journalist, intersectional feminist, orca whale enthusiast and aspiring author!

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