Where will you be on May 3?

With the Scottish Local Government Elections taking place on Thursday, May 3, Aberdeenshire Council is urging local voters to have their say.

Any residents planning to be away from home on the day can ensure their voice is still heard by applying to vote by post or by proxy.

If you are going to be away from home on holiday or due to work commitments, you should act now to secure your vote.

Residents who are not able to get out to the polling stations can also vote by post or proxy and thus ensure that their voice is heard.

Returning Officer Colin Mackenzie said: “Now is the time to make sure you’re registered to vote before the deadline on Wednesday, April 18 and to apply for a postal or proxy vote if you need one.”

Application forms are available for download from www.voteaberdeenshire.org

Forms can also be sent to electors by post if they call (01224) 664848, or email: ero@grampian-ero.gov.uk

Electors can pick up a form in person from the Electoral Registration Offices at Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen; Mitchell Burnett House, Colleonard Road, Banff and 234 High Street, Elgin.

Eligible voters can check the location of their polling station on their poll cards, which were delivered to households last week, or using an interactive function on the council’s website: http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/local/map.asp

Postal voters should receive their voting papers during the week beginning Monday, April 23.