What voters need to know on Polling Day

Eileen Howat, Constituency Returning Officer, is advising voters in the Ayr Constituency on what they need to know to vote at the Scottish Parliamentary Elections on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Our Polling Places will be open from 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. on Thursday 6 May 2021.

Vote by post

Voters can apply to vote by post. The last date for postal vote applications is 5.00 p.m. on Tuesday 6 April 2021. Application forms can be obtained from The Electoral Registration Officer (for Ayrshire), 9 Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1HL Tel: (01292) 612221 Email: ero@ayrshire-vjb.gov.uk Website: www.ayrshire-vjb.gov.uk

If a voter has a Postal Voting Pack, it must be completed and returned to the Constituency Returning Officer by 10:00 p.m. on Thursday 6 May 2021. If you have left it too late to post back, electors can drop their completed Postal Voting Pack in at any Polling Station within the Ayr Constituency.

Check your poll card

Voters are reminded to check their Poll Card carefully as this provides details of the location of their Polling Place. Alternatively, voters can use the Democracy Club Polling Place Finder at www.wheredoivote.co.uk (this website will go live on 19 April 2021) or call South Ayrshire Council on 0300 123 0900 or check your polling place.

COVID safety measures

Due to COVID safety measures, voting may be slower than normal, particularly at busy times. Voters may wish to consider avoiding peak times and attend our Polling Places at quieter periods such as during the morning, mid-afternoon or after 8pm.

Ballot papers

Polling Station staff will give voters two Ballot Papers (a lilac Constituency Ballot Paper and a peach Regional Ballot paper). Staff will be happy to answer any questions voters have regarding the electoral process. There are two ballot papers. Electors should only vote once on each ballot paper by putting a cross [X] in the box next to their choice. Electors are reminded not to mark the ballot papers in any other way, or their votes may not count.

Additional hygiene and safety measures

The safety of Voters and our Polling Place staff is paramount. The following additional hygiene/safety measures will be in force at all Polling Places on Thursday 6 May 2021.

All of our Polling Places will have been deep cleaned prior to Polling Day.

All of our Polling Place staff will be sitting behind screens and will be provided with a face covering and visor. They will be supplied with hand sanitiser and anti-viral wipes and spray disinfectant to keep their work area and the polling booths clean and safe.

A Covid Information Officer will be on duty at each Polling Place to assist with queue management and maintenance of social distancing.

Voters must wear a face covering (unless medically exempt) and will be asked to observe one-way systems and keep a 2-metre distance from other voters. If a voter forgets their face covering our Covid Information Officer will be able to provide one.

Voters must use the hand sanitiser which will be available at the entranceto and exit from each Polling Place.

Voters can bring their own pencil or pen to cast their votes. Single use ballot pencils will be available if a voter requires one.

If, after 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday 27 April 2021, you are unable to vote in person because you are following Scottish Government advice, or the advice of a registered medical practitioner in relation to Coronavirus, you can apply to vote by proxy.

Completed applications must reach the Electoral Registration Officer (for Ayrshire) by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday 6 May 2021. To find out how to apply, please call the Electoral Registration Office on (01292) 612221.