Argyll and Bute Council is holding a by-election to elect one councillor in Ward 2, Kintyre and the Islands, on Thursday 29th September. You can find more details about the election on the council website /election-kintyre-and-islands-29th-september-2022.
The Kintyre and the Islands ward spans the mainland area from around Tarbert to Carradale and includes the islands of Islay, Jura, Gigha and Colonsay. It has an electorate of just over 6,000 people.
Anyone who is interested in standing for election or who has any other queries about the election process can contact Argyll and Bute Council’s Elections Team in the first instance 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)
Prospective candidates can submit nominations from Tuesday 16th August. The closing date is 4pm on Monday 29th August 2022.
To vote in this election, you must be registered to vote in the Kintyre and the Islands ward. If you’re 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’s quick and easy to do. Only people registered to vote in Ward 2 will be able to vote in these by-elections.
The deadline for registering to vote in the Argyll and Bute Council by-election is midnight on Tuesday 13th September 2022.
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 14th September and if you want to apply for a proxy vote you need to do so by 5pm on Wednesday 21st September. 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’s best to do this as soon as possible so that you can make sure you’re 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.