Fifers urged to register to vote ahead of Council Elections

Ballot boxOn May 5 voters will go to the polls to elect new councillors for their local area, known as ‘wards’.

The deadline to register to vote for the Council Elections is midnight, Monday 18 April.

Lindsay Thomson, Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) for Fife, said: “It’s important that residents across Fife make sure they can take part and don’t lose out. And don’t forget that if you’re 16 or 17 by 5 May, or weren’t born in Scotland but live here now, you’ll also be able to register and vote in these elections.

“To have your say you must be registered. It only takes a few minutes to register to vote, or to choose to vote by post or proxy, where someone votes on your behalf. But please remember that if you want to vote by post or proxy you must be registered to vote first.

“The earlier you register to vote and apply for a postal or proxy vote, the quicker we’ll be able to process your application to make sure that you can vote in a way that suits you.

“However, you choose to cast your vote in May, you can do so safely. We’re putting arrangements in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to.

“You can register to vote online and find out how to apply for a postal or proxy vote by visiting www.gov.uk/registertovote

“If you’re already registered and your circumstances haven’t changed, for example, you’ve not moved house, you don’t have to register again. If you’re not sure then you can call the electoral registration team on 03451 55 55 11.

“Whatever way you choose to vote, we must receive your completed registration form by midnight on Monday 18 April 2022.

If you’re applying for a new postal vote or wish to amend an existing postal or proxy vote you have until 5 pm Tuesday 19 April and if you want to apply for a new proxy vote you have until 5 pm Tuesday 26 April.

For more information about these elections visit www.fife.gov.uk/councilelections Anyone who isn’t online can contact the Fife Electoral Registration team on 03451 55 55 11 or email voters.roll@fife.gov.uk

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