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With the Scottish Parliament Election approaching, Angus Council is urging residents to look out for the Electoral Commission’s voter information guide, which will be landing on doormats this week.

On Thursday, May 5, voters in Scotland will go to the polls for the Scottish Parliament election.

The Electoral Commission’s voter information guide, which will be delivered to every household in Scotland over the next week, contains important information for voters on the Scottish Parliament election including how to register to vote and how to cast your vote, as well as important information on the work of the Scottish Parliament.

If you want to be able to vote and have your say at the election, the deadline to register is Monday, April 18.

Alastair Kirkwood, Electoral Registration Officer for Angus Council, said: “I would encourage everyone in Angus to look out for the Electoral Commission’s voter information guide. It gives you all the information you need to ensure that you can have your say at the Scottish Parliament election on May 5.

“If you have recently received a poll card you are registered to vote. However, if you’re not registered to vote, you have until 18 April to apply online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.”

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, said: “We want to make sure that everyone has all the information they need ahead of polling day so they can take part in the election. There will be two ballot papers for the Scottish Parliament election and our guide gives clear instructions on how to mark the different ballot papers. We want voters to have confidence that when they’ve marked their ballot paper, their vote will be counted.

“You can also view a copy of our booklet online at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or you can order one by calling 0800 3 280 280.”