Voters Urged To Check Their Poll Cards
19th November 2019
Poll cards for people across the Highlands who are registered to vote in the UK Parliamentary Election will start to be issued from Wednesday onwards (20 November).
Already 185,469 people living in the Highlands are registered to vote in the UK Parliamentary election.
The Returning Officer, Chief Executive of The Highland Council Donna Manson is advising everyone to carefully check their cards when they arrive through the post to find out where they need to go to vote.
She said: "The poll cards have details on where you need to go to cast your vote. The address of your local polling station will be clearly shown and it is a good idea to check this as the location may have changed from the last time you voted."
To vote in the 2019 election you must be aged 18 or over and your name must be on the electoral register. Electors not already registered have up until Tuesday 26 November to register to vote or apply for a postal vote.
https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote (external link)
Anyone who would like more information on registering can get in touch with the Electoral Registration Officer, Moray House, 16-18 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QY Phone: 0800 393783 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
On Thursday 12 December 257 polling places will be open from 7am until 10pm. 69 of these are in the Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross Constituency; 101 in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber Constituency and 87 in the Inverness, Nairn & Badenoch and Strathspey Constituency.
The latest review of polling places and districts which provides information on the location of polling stations across the Highlands is available on the council's website
Over 1000 staff will be involved in the Election to assist with polling, process postal votes, count votes and undertake transport duties,
The votes will be counted overnight on Thursday 12 December after polls close at 10pm.
Donna Manson added: "Running the election for all three Highland constituencies is a huge operation involving many council staff from all across the area This is therefore a good time to remind the public that there will be a reduced level of support for some non- essential council services on the 12th and 13th of November while staff focus on their election duties."
A short information video is now available outlining the election process in Highland.
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Voters in the three Highland constituencies for the UK Parliamentary general election of: Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross; Ross, Skye and Lochaber; and Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey are being reminded by Returning Officer Donna Manson that their vote matters. On Thursday 12 December voting begins with all Highland polling stations opening their doors at 7am and remaining open for voters until 10pm.
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