How to vote in the council election

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People are being given a simple breakdown on how to vote in next week’s North Ayrshire Council elections.

Returning officer Craig Hatton has issued a reminder that the voting system is different for the council elections to be held on May 5.

The Single Transferable Vote system (STV) will be used to elect 33 councillors across North Ayrshire’s nine electoral wards. This system, which has been in place for council elections since 2007, is a form of preferential voting system where voters list their choices in numerical order.

Voters can vote for as many, or as few, candidates as they wish. For example, marking a 1 next to their first choice, a 2 next to their second choice, and a 3 next to their third choice and so on.

Returning Officer Craig Hatton said: ‘If you have voted in a local council election before, then you will probably be familiar with the STV voting system.

‘It is used to rank candidates in order, and you can choose as few or as many candidates as you wish.

‘For some, this will be the first time using the system so it’s important to remember to use numbers – not an X – or your vote may not be counted.’

Some voters may wish to vote for all candidates in order while others may opt to list only one or two candidates in order of preference.

Polling places will open at 7am and close at 10pm on Thursday, 5 May, with the electronic count taking place the following day at the Portal, Irvine.

Voters who are using a postal vote are asked to return their vote as soon as possible to help avoid a last-minute rush.