Voter registration deadline looms

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Have your say

“Registering to vote is quick and easy but if you’re not registered by Friday, April 15, you’ll miss out on your chance to have your say in the Scottish Parliament election and the referendum on the voting system used for elections to the UK Parliament,” said Russell Taylor.

“By calling 01786 892289 or printing off the form from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk you can make sure you’re all set for polling day on 5th May.”

If you also want to vote by post, once registered, then the deadline for receipt of both a registration form and an application to vote by post is 5pm on Thursday, April 14 (ballot papers wil not be issued until April 27).

In the Scottish Parliament election voters in the Falkirk Council area will be able to cast their vote for who they want to represent them in the Falkirk East and Falkirk West constituencies and also the Central Scotland region.

The referendum question being put to voters on Thursday, May 5, is: “At present, the UK uses the ’first past the post’ system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the ‘alternative vote’ system be used instead?”

Andy O’Neill, head of the Electoral Commission’s Scotland office, said: “The Electoral Commission will be sending a booklet to every household in the UK with information about how to have you say on Thursday, May 5, but people will only be able to do that if they’re registered to vote by April 15.”