Make sure you are registered to vote
On Thursday, May 6, Scotland will have its say on who represents us in the Scottish Parliament.
In order to vote in the election, residents must be on the electoral register.
The deadline to register to vote is midnight on April 19. It takes just five minutes to apply online at gov.uk/register-to-vote.
The Scottish Parliament has powers to make laws for Scotland in a range of areas including health, education, housing, justice and the environment.
East Dunbartonshire Council chief executive Gerry Cornes is the Returning Officer for East Dunbartonshire.
He said: “Time is running out to make sure you can take part in these elections.
"They are an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect you day-to-day.
"I f you’re not registered by April 19 , you won’t be able to vote.
“If you were registered to vote in the last election and your details have not changed, you don’t need to take any action.
"If in doubt, you can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 980 0471 or email [email protected]”
Voters have a range of options for casting their ballot – in person, by post or by appointing a proxy to vote in their place.
The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on April 6, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on April 27.
For information on how to register to vote, or how to apply to vote by post or by proxy visit www.electoralcommission.org.uk/voter.