Argyll and Bute Council is holding a by-election to elect one councillor in Ward 9, Lomond North, on Thursday 16 December.
The Lomond North Ward includes the areas surrounding Helensburgh, from Luss to Rosneath, and has an electorate of just over 6,000 people.
Anyone interested in standing for election, or anyone who has any other queries about the election process, can contact the Council's Elections Team on 01546 603264 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org . You can also download a guide on standing for election to Argyll and Bute Council at Becoming a Councillor (argyll-bute.gov.uk)
Nominations from prospective candidates can be submitted from Tuesday 2 November until Friday 12 November 2021 at 4pm.
To take part in this election, you must be registered to vote. If you are not sure whether you are registered, you can check with the Electoral Registration Office on 01586 555300. They can send you out a registration form if you need one. You can also register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote - it is quick and easy to do. Only people registered to vote in Ward 9 will be able to vote in these by-elections.
The deadline for registering to vote is Monday 29 November 2021.
You can also vote by post or by proxy (where you appoint someone to cast your vote on your behalf). The deadline for postal vote applications is 5pm on Wednesday 1 December 2021, and if you want to apply for a proxy vote you need to do so by 5pm on Wednesday 8 December 2021. You can find out more about this at Apply for a postal vote - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
If you want to apply for a postal or proxy vote for this election, it is best to do this as soon as possible so that you can make sure you are able to take part. The Electoral Registration Office deals with applications for postal or proxy votes as well as registration and you can apply online at the link above.
A list of polling stations will be published at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/elections - there may be changes to your usual polling station so please check your polling card or online so that you know where you need to go to cast your vote. You can find the Notice of Election here.