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UK Parliamentary Elections

The next UK Parliamentary General Election takes place on 8 June 2017. View the candidates standing for election.

The election gives you the chance to have your say on the Members of Parliament (MPs) you want to represent you at Westminster.

The role of the MPs representing Scotland in the House of Commons at Westminster is to represent constituents on reserved matters - matters that are governed by Westminster and not the Scottish Government. These include defence, foreign affairs, national security and employment.

There are two parliamentary constituencies that include South Ayrshire:

These web pages should help you find all the information you need on registering to vote, standing as a candidate, voting in the election, and how the result will be announced.

If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, you can visit the Electoral Commission website at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk, call the helpline on 0800 3 280 280.

Alternatively, you can call our contact centre on 0300 123 0900 or email us at customerservices@south-ayrshire.gov.uk.

Registering to vote

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.

To vote in the UK parliamentary general election, a person must be

  • registered to vote;
  • 18 years of age or over on polling day (the day of the election);
  • a British citizen, a qualifying Commonwealth citizen, or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; and
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote.

You can find out more about who is eligible to vote in a UK parliamentary election here.

There are set deadlines for registering to vote if you want to take part in the UK parliamentary election:

Last day for registering to vote
Monday 22 May 2017 (midnight)

Last day for applying for a postal vote or changing existing postal vote
Tuesday 23 May 2017 (5pm)

(you must be registered under individual electoral registration to apply)

Last day for proxy application
Tuesday 31 May 2017 (5pm)

(you and your proxy must be registered under individual electoral registration to apply).

Please note that specific date restrictions apply for the issue of postal ballot papers.

If you apply for a postal vote for the UK Parliamentary General Election before 15 May 2017, your postal ballot pack should be delivered between 23-25 May 2017.

If you apply for a postal vote for the UK Parliamentary General Election between 15-23 May 2017, your postal ballot pack should be delivered between 31 May-2 June 2017.

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.

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