When will the By-Election be held?

Thursday, 13 June 2024 between the hours of 7am and 10 pm.

What is the purpose of this poll?

To elect 1 West Dunbartonshire Councillor to serve in the Clydebank Central Ward. 

Who will the candidates be for the By-Election?

The list of candidates is published on the Notice of Poll webpage.

How do I vote?

On the ballot paper, number the candidates in the order of your choice. Put the number 1 in the box next to the name of the candidate who is your first choice, 2 in the box next to your second choice, 3 in the box next to your third choice, and so on. You can vote for as many or as few candidates as you want.

Pencils or pens can be used to mark the ballot paper.

16 and 17 years of age

Anyone who is over 16 years of age on the Thursday, 13 June 2024 is eligible to vote in this By-Election if registered to do so.

What are the hours of poll?

7am. until 10pm.

How do I get on the register?

Refer to website https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or to Electoral Registration Office (‘ERO’) on 0141 562 1200.  The deadline for registration to vote is midnight on Tuesday, 28 May 2024.

I have moved house.  How do I change my details?

Refer to Electoral Registration Office on 0141 562 1200. The deadline for registration to vote is midnight on Tuesday, 28 May 2024.

How do I know whether I am registered to vote?

You can contact the ERO by telephone on 0141 562 1200.  The deadline for registering to vote is midnight on Tuesday, 28 May 2024.

If I pay Council tax or have returned my census am I automatically entitled to vote?

No, registration is a separate process. You must contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0141 562 1200.

I am a Student and am not sure where to register to vote?

Please contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0141 562 1200 who will advise you on your options. The deadline for registration to vote is midnight on Tuesday, 28 May 2024.

I’ve lost my poll card – can I still vote?

 You don’t need a poll card to be able to vote, you just have to give the clerk your name and address.

If you are an anonymous voter you must provide your poll card. Contact the Election Office for a replacement on 01389 737643.

I haven’t received a poll card.  How can I vote?

You don’t need a poll card to be able to vote.  You just have to give the clerk your name and address.  However, to be on the safe side, it is best to check that your name is on the register.  You can check this by calling the Electoral Registration Office on 0141 562 1200

I have received a poll card for a member of my family who no longer lives here

This means that your relative is still registered at your address on the electoral register.  Please call the Electoral Registration Office on 0141 562 1200 to update.

My relative has died but has received a poll card?

Please call the Electoral Registration Office on 0141 562 1200, who will remove the deceased relative from the register.

I have received a poll card for someone who doesn’t live at my address

This means that the person is on the register at your address.  It may be that they lived there before you and the ERO has not been advised of the change, or it may simply be a clerical error.  Please call the Electoral Registration Office on 0141 562 1200 who will look into this.

Can I vote at this By-Election?

Contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0141 562 1200 to check eligibility to vote.

I think I may be away when the By-Election takes place. How can I vote?

You can apply for a postal vote.  The deadline for applications for postal votes is Wednesday, 29 May 2024 at 5pm.  You can download an application form from https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  or obtain one from the Electoral Registration Office – call 0141 562 1200.  The completed form must be returned to the ERO at 235 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank.  In certain circumstances, you may be eligible for a proxy vote. Contact the ERO on 0141 562 1200 for full information.

I will not be away but would prefer to vote by post? Can I still get a postal vote?

Yes. The deadline for applications for postal votes is Wednesday, 29 May at 5pm.  You can download an application form from https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or obtain one from the Electoral Registration Office – call 0141 562 1200.  The completed form must be returned to the ERO at 235 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank. Contact the ERO on 0141 562 1200 for full information.

Postal Vote Information

I want to change my postal vote details/I don’t want a postal vote any more

To change, you need to contact the ERO.  You have to advise the ERO in writing before the cut off date, which is Wednesday, 29 May 2024 by 5pm.

I haven’t received my postal vote

This year, the majority of postal votes should arrive after Friday, 31 May 2024, depending on when the application was made.  If you have not received it by this date please contact the Election Office on 01389 737643.

I have received a postal vote, but I don’t understand what I have to do

Please contact the Election Office on 01389 737643 and they will explain the process.

I have lost my postal vote

Please contact the Election Office on 01389 737643 and they will explain the next steps.

I have made a mess of my postal vote, can I get a new one?

Yes, but you must contact the Election Office on 01389 737643.

Why do I have to sign my postal vote application and put on my date of birth?

This is a security measure.  The signature and date of birth on the statement are compared electronically to the ones you supplied on your application for a postal vote.  If you don’t fill them in or if they don’t match the originals, your votes will not count.

If I sign and give my date of birth, can anyone know how I have voted?

No.  The statement will be kept separate from the envelope containing your ballot papers, so no-one will see both of them together.

When does the postal vote have to be returned?

Postal votes have to be returned to the Returning Officer by 10pm on polling day – Thursday, 13 June 2024 or you can hand it in to any polling place in the Clydebank Central Ward of West Dunbartonshire Council:

  • Dalmuir Barclay Church – 21 Durban Avenue, Clydebank, G81 4JL
  • Parkhall Library – Hawthorn Street, Clydebank, G81 3EF
  • St Stephen’s Church Hall – Park Road, Clydebank, G81 3LD
  • Hub Community Centre – 405 Kilbowie Road, Clydebank, G81 2TX
  • St Eunan’s Community Hall – Gilmour Street, Clydebank, G81 2BW
  • Onslow Road Community Hall – 137 Onslow Road, Clydebank, G81 2PR
  • Linnvale Primary School – Livingstone Street, Clydebank, G81 2RL

How do I know if you have received my postal vote?

We will not open any postal votes received until Monday, 10 June 2024.  Yo can contact the Election Office on 01389 737643 after Tuesday, 11 June 2024 and they will be able to check if the vote has been received.

I have received a postal vote but I would prefer to vote in person

Once you receive a postal vote, you are not allowed to vote in person at a polling station, but, if you want, you can complete your postal vote, seal it in the envelope provided and hand it in to any polling place in the Clydebank Central Ward of West Dunbartonshire Council. You must not put it in the ballot box.

For further advice contact the Election Office on 01389 737 643

What is a proxy vote?

A proxy vote is when you choose a family member to cast your vote for you.  The proxy can vote in person or by post. 

If you are amending an existing postal proxy vote, you must return your application by 5pm on Wednesday, 29 May 2024. 

To appoint a proxy voter (non postal) at this By-Election, you must submit your application by 5pm on Wednesday, 5 June 2024. Contact the ERO on 0141 562 1200 to find out if you are eligible.

A member of my family has taken ill and won’t be able to go the polling place to vote

After 5pm on Wednesday, 5 June 2024, they may qualify for an emergency proxy vote - contact the ERO on 0141 562 1200 to find out if they are eligible to appoint a proxy.

Emergency proxy votes can be applied for up until 5pm on polling day itself.  The ERO office will decide whether the proxy can be granted.

If after 5pm on Wednesday, 5 June 2024, you are unable to vote in person because you have a medical emergency or are following the advice of a registered medical practitioner or you learn you cannot go to the Polling Station because of work reasons or have been sentenced to a period of detention of 12 months or less, you can apply to vote by proxy.  Completed applications must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday, 13 June 2024.  To find out how to apply, call the Electoral Registration Office Helpline: 0141 562 1200.

How do I know where I go to vote?

You will receive a poll card before the By-Election.  That card will tell you where you are registered to vote.  It will also tell you if you have registered for a postal vote.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What provision is made for people with disabilities?

Access issues are taken into consideration for all electoral procedures: when planning for an election or referendum; on polling day itself; and during the electoral registration process. See further details below.

What provision is made for blind or visually impaired voters?

  • Tactile voting templates, large print versions of ballot papers, magnifying lenses and pencil grips are available at all polling stations.
  • You can also take a companion with you to assist you or ask the presiding officer at the polling station for help.
  • You could apply for a postal vote or to vote by proxy.

What provision is there for people for whom English is not their first language?

  • All ballot papers are in English – this is the law.
  • Registration and postal voting forms are available in a number of different languages – refer to ERO on 0141 562 1200.

What provision is there for wheelchair users?

  • Each polling station is different. However, in choosing venues for polling places, the Council ensures that they are all accessible by wheelchair.
  • Alternatively, you could apply for a postal vote to allow you to vote from home; or nominate a proxy to vote on your behalf.

 

When will the votes be counted?

The votes will be counted from 10pm onwards on Thursday, 13 June 2024.

Where is the Count held?

The Count will be held in Clydebank Town Hall, 49 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank.

Is it open to the public?

No, you have to be an agent for one of the candidates or an official observer authorised by the Electoral Commission.

When will the results be announced?

The results will be announced at the end of the count, which will likely be between 11pm and midnight on Thursday, 13 June 2024.

Details will appear on the Council’s website after the count has been concluded.