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Published 05 April 2017

Residents of West Dunbartonshire who wish to vote by post or via proxy in the May 4 local government elections are being reminded not to miss the registration deadline.

Votes can be cast in person at a polling station, by post or via proxy – and there are different deadlines to register for each of these services. If you are not yet registered to vote, this must be done by midnight on Monday, April 17.

Anyone who is already registered to vote can cast their vote by post, but you need to register to do so. The deadline for registering for a postal vote is 5pm on Tuesday, April 18.

And if you are registered to vote, you can also cast your vote by proxy behalf if you are unable to get to the polling station on election day. Again, you need to register for the right to vote by proxy and the deadline for this is 5pm on Tuesday, April 25. A proxy vote means that you appoint someone to vote on your behalf.

The May 4 election will be the first time that the area’s 16 and 17 year olds have been able to vote for councillors to represent them on West Dunbartonshire Council – but to take part they must be on the electoral register.

Residents who are not registered won’t be able to vote so people are being encouraged to act now and protect their right.

Anyone who has moved home in the last couple of years or changed their name are among those who may no longer be on the register.

David Thomson, Electoral Registration Officer for Dunbartonshire and Argyll and Bute said: “People have a variety of ways to cast their vote, but they must be registered to vote. Once registered, you can then choose to vote in person, by post or by proxy. We are keen that everyone is aware of the deadlines to register for postal or proxy votes and we would encourage people to register in plenty of time to ensure they don’t miss out on the chance to have their say on issues that affect their lives.”

Full details on how to register to vote – including for postal and proxy votes – can be found online at www.west-dunbarton.gov.uk/registertovote