As the independence referendum vote gets closer, voters should look at the options they have for voting. This is especially important in areas like Aberdeenshire where a large proportion of voters work in the offshore industry and could be away on September 18.
The About My Vote website run by the Electoral Commission gives details of how to register for postal voting or to give someone a proxy to vote on your behalf if you are not able to vote in person on the day.
To vote in the referendum you must be eligible to vote in the election and registered to vote. If you are not registered to vote you can still register but must do so by September 2. You can download a form here https://www.aboutmyvote.co.uk/register_to_vote/electoral_registration_applica.aspx you will need to print this off, sign it and post it to the supplied address before the September 2 cut off.
If you are unable to vote in person on September 18 then there are two options available to you to enable you to cast your vote in the independence referendum.
If you are unable to vote in person then you can apply for a postal vote. You will be sent the voting forms by post, you vote at home and return them in the envelope provided. Once you have registered for a postal vote you will not be able to vote in person at a polling place.
- Your postal vote must be returned before the polls close on September 18.
- You can can hand your postal vote in to a polling place up until 10pm on the 18 September
- You can also hand your postal vote in to the Returning Officer at your local council before they close on September 18 but you should phone and check where the Returning Officer will accept them
To register for a postal vote for the Referendum you must do so by 5pm on 3 September. More detailed information on postal voting can be read here on About My Vote.
Voting By Proxy
Voting by proxy is a convenient way of voting if you are unable to get to the polling station. By proxy just means that you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. You can apply for a proxy vote if
- You are unable to go to the polling station for one particular election, for example, if you are away on holiday
- You have a physical condition that means you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- Your employment means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- Your attendance on an educational course means that you cannot go to the polling station on election day
- You are a British citizen living overseas
- You are a crown servant or a member of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces
To register for a proxy vote for the Referendum you must do so by 5pm on 3 September.
While I have made every effort to ensure this post is accurate, more detailed information on voting in the independence referendum can be found on the About My Vote website