Four candidates will contest the Ayr constituency in the Scottish Parliament election on Thursday 5 May, following the close of nominations at 4pm today (1 April).
The confirmed candidates are:
- Jennifer Dunn – Scottish National Party (SNP)
- Brian McGinley – Scottish Labour Party
- John Scott – Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
- Robbie Simpson – Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Voters will receive two ballot papers when they go to vote:
Constituency ballot paper: A lilac ballot paper with the names of the four candidates standing for election. Their party name and logo will also be included. To vote, put a cross (X) in the box opposite the name of the one candidate you wish to vote for.
Regional ballot paper: A peach ballot paper with the names of the parties or independent candidates standing for election in the South Scotland region. To vote, put a cross (X) in the box opposite the name of the one party or independent candidate you wish to vote for.
Before you can vote in this – or any election – you need to be registered to vote, and your name and address must be included in the electoral register.
There are set deadlines for registering to vote if you want to take part in the Scottish Parliamentary Election:
Last day for registering to vote
Monday 18 April 2016
Last day for applying for a postal vote or changing an existing postal vote
Tuesday 19 April 2016 (5pm)
Last day for applying for a proxy vote
Tuesday 26 April 2016 (5pm)
Specific date restrictions apply for the issue of postal ballot papers:
- If you apply for a postal vote for the Scottish Parliamentary Election before Thursday 7 April 2016, your postal ballot pack should be delivered between 16-19 April 2016.
- If you apply for a postal vote for the Scottish Parliamentary Election between 8-19 April 2016, your postal ballot pack should be delivered between 23-25 April 2016.
If you don't think you will be at home when the postal votes are being delivered or you may not be able to return it on time, you can apply for a proxy vote, where someone will cast your vote on your behalf.
To find out more, visit www.south-ayrshire.gov.uk/scottish-election.
You can register to vote online now at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote – have a note of your National Insurance number available so you can complete the process quickly.
For the purposes of the Scottish Parliamentary Election on 5 May 2016, South Ayrshire Council is responsible for administering the election in the Ayr constituency only.
East Ayrshire Council is responsible for the election administration of the Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley constituency.
Dumfries and Galloway Council is responsible for the election administration of the South Scotland region.