On Thursday May 5, local people across Perth and Kinross will have the chance to cast their vote in the 2022 Scottish Council Election.
Already, some candidates for certain constituencies have been announced, such as in the Highland Ward.
This will also be the first opportunity for local 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in Scottish Politics.
Explaining why it’s important to have your say, COSLA (Convention of Scottish Local Authorities) President Councillor, Alison Evison said: “Local Government is the anchor in our communities with a committed workforce who are invested in their communities and take pride in supporting people through good times and bad.
“We run the nurseries and schools that educate our young people and help build them into confident young people.
“Care of the elderly and vulnerable within our communities has never been more important and again it is Councils who rise to meet this challenge. Our waste collection/disposal service keeps our communities clean and removes potential hazards. If it hadn’t continued during the pandemic we would have all suffered.
“We help individuals and businesses in times of crisis, often when there is no one else to turn to and again this is something that was highlighted during the pandemic.”
In Highland Perthshire, each constituency – Highland, Strathtay, Blairgowrie & The Glens – is represented by three councillors.
To vote in the upcoming election, you must be a resident of Perth and Kinross and have registered to vote. You can find the link below with more information about registering to vote.
There are three ways you can vote in this election, first is in person, second is through the post (postal vote) or by asking another person to vote on your behalf (proxy vote).
To vote in person, all you have to do is sign your name up to the electoral register then give your name to the polling assistant when you arrive.
Whereas to vote through the post, you must apply first. Once you’re approved to vote by post, you have to mark your vote on your ballot paper in secret, fill in the postal voting statement, put the ballot and statement in the envelope provided and seal the envelope yourself.
You can only vote by proxy if you are away on polling day, have a medical issue or disability or are not able to vote in person because of work or military service.
Find out more information on how to register on: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Apply for a postal vote on: https://www.gov.uk/how-to-vote/postal-voting
Vote by proxy on: https://www.gov.uk/how-to-vote/voting-by-proxy