Record number of postal voters in Western Isles

A RECORD number of electors in the Western Isles have applied to vote by post at the Scottish Parliamentary elections and the National Referendum on the UK voting system on Thursday 5 May.

A total of 3,278 electors will be receiving their postal packs from today.

Returning officer for the Western Isles Mr Malcolm Burr said: “Postal voting is growing in popularity as a convenient way for voters to have their say.

“I would urge Postal Voters to take the time to read the guidance enclosed and ensure that they have completed the postal voting statement by signing the statement and filling in their date of birth.

“Postal votes must be returned before polls close at 10pm in Thursday 5 May.”

As the postal voting packs start dropping through letter boxes, postal voters are reminded to read the instructions carefully when casting their vote otherwise their vote might not be counted.

When voting by post, voters need to fill in a form accompanying their ballot paper, giving their signature and date of birth. 

As a security measure these are matched against the signature and date of birth the voter provided when they applied to vote by post.

Postal Voters who do not receive their postal ballot packs by Wednesday 27 April should contact the Election Office on 01851 822 823.