Don't miss out on your vote!

THE current government's term of office must end on June 3 and although the actual date of the election has not yet been announced the government need only give 17 working days notice of the election date.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:22 pm
Updated Wednesday, 31st March 2010, 12:22 pm

This may mean that anyone about to go on holiday could miss out on their vote because they will not have time to organise a postal vote or appoint a proxy to vote on their behalf.

Are you eligible to vote?

If you are not on the electoral register you can't vote.

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The register of electors can be viewed at the Electoral Registration Office in Scott House, Sprouston Road, Newtown St Boswells and at council contact centres, which can also provide voter registration forms. The forms can also be downloaded at the foot of this page or from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk and www.saa.gov.uk/scottishborders/sbc_forms.html.

Going on Holiday, away on Business?

If you are unable to go along to the polling station to vote on the day of the election you can apply to vote by post. Application forms to vote by post are available for download below, from the Electoral Registration Officer or from www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.

The Returning Officer is not allowed to issue postal voting packs until after the closing date for applications which is 11 working days before an election.

If you are going to be away from home for, say, two weeks before the election it would not be possible to get your ballot papers to you in time but you could appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf.

If you would like more information about voting by post or how to appoint someone else to vote on your behalf please telephone the ERO office on 01835 825100.

Nominations to stand as a candidate cannot be submitted to the Returning Officer until the election is announced.

A list of candidates standing will be made available as soon as possible after the closing date.