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Frequently asked questions - Local government by-elections 2020

Please contact the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) and let them know. Contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk or their website 
 

Please contact the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) and let them know. Contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk or visit their website

The registration for the Kincorth / Nigg /Cove by-election is Tuesday 20 October 2020.  
 

Please contact the Electoral Registration Office (ERO). Contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk or visit www.voteaberdeen.org

The deadline for application for this election is 5pm on Wednesday 21 October 2020.  Postal votes are issued in two dispatches – the first being around 13th October and the second around the 29th October.
 

Please contact the Electoral Registration Office (ERO). Contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk or visit www.voteaberdeen.org

The deadline for new applications for this election is 5pm on Wednesday 28 October 2020.
 

Please contact the Electoral Registration Office (ERO). Contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk or visit www.voteaberdeen.org  

The deadline for application for this election is 5pm on Wednesday 21 October 2020.  Postal votes are issued in two dispatches – the first being around 13th October and the second around the 29th October.
 

Tuesday 20 October 2020.  Applications should be made to the Electoral Registration Office (ERO). Contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk or visit www.voteaberdeen.org
 

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes is 5pm on Wednesday 21st October 2020. Applications should be made to the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) - contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk, www.voteaberdeen.org.  Postal votes are issued in two dispatches - the first being around 13th October and the second around the 29th October.
 

The deadline for new applications to vote by proxy (not postal proxy or emergency proxies) is 5pm on Wednesday 28th October 2020. The deadline to make changes to an existing proxy vote is 5pm on Wednesday 21st October 2020. Applications should be made to the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) - contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk, www.voteaberdeen.org.
 

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications, and for changes to existing postal or proxy votes is 5pm on Wednesday 21st October 2020. Applications should be made to the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) - contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk, www.voteaberdeen.org.  Postal votes are issued in two dispatches - the first being around 13th October and the second around the 29th October.
 

The deadline for emergency proxy applications is 5pm on Thursday 5th November 2020. Applications should be made to the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) - contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk, www.voteaberdeen.org
 

In certain circumstances, where you have an emergency that means you can't vote in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy vote. This must be something that you weren't aware of before the normal proxy vote deadline. This emergency includes instances where you cannot vote in person because you are following Scottish Government or medical advice by shielding or self-isolating, and only became aware of the need to shield or self-isolate less than 6 days before polling day. Applications should be made to the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) - contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk, www.voteaberdeen.org
 

16 and 17 year olds CAN vote at this election, as long as they are registered. To register (or to check you are registered) please contact the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) and let them know. Contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk, www.voteaberdeen.org
 

Due to the resignation of Cllr Stephen Flynn, who was elected as MP for Aberdeen South at the General Election on 12 December 2019, there is a vacancy in the Kincorth/Nigg/Cove ward that needs to be filled.

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One candidate will be elected to serve as a councillor for the Kincorth/Nigg/Cove ward in Aberdeen City Council.
 

The list of candidates can be found here.
 

You can find a list of the relevant polling places here.

Please contact the Election Office who can advise if your postal vote can still be used, or how to get a replacement. Please call them on 01224 523521 or email elections@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

Please contact the Election Office who can help you get a replacement. Please call them on 01224 523521 or email elections@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

If your postal vote hasn't arrived by Friday 30 October, please contact the Elections Office on 01224 523521 or email elections@aberdeencity.gov.uk
 

The election will be held on Thursday 5 November 2020, with voting between 7am and 10pm.
 

The count will be held on the afternoon of Friday 15 October 2020, starting at 1pm, at Kincorth Sports Centre. There is no public access.
 

The results should be announced on the afternoon of Friday 6 November 2020.

STV, a form of Proportional Representation, is used as the voting method for Local Government Elections. To vote, you should number the candidates in the order of your choice. Put the number 1 in the box next to the name of the candidate who is your first choice, 2 in the box next to your second choice, 3 in the box next to your third choice and so on. You can make as many choices as you wish.
 

The single transferable vote (STV) is a proportional voting system designed to achieve or closely approach proportional representation through voters ranking candidates. To vote, you should number the candidates in the order of your choice. Put the number 1 in the box next to the name of the candidate who is your first choice, 2 in the box next to your second choice, 3 in the box next to your third choice and so on. You can make as many choices as you wish. Under the STV voting system a candidate requires a certain minimum number of votes to be elected. This minimum number is called the quota. The first step is to count the number of valid votes and then calculate the quota required by a candidate to be elected.The formula for the quota is:

(Valid votes cast) divided by (seats to be filled +1) + 1 vote

In this example there is ONE SEAT to fill, so the quota will be:

(Valid votes cast) divided by (1+1) + 1 vote

This means that the winning candidate therefore needs to receive 50% plus 1 of the total valid votes cast.

Although the count will be conducted electronically the process is the same:

The first preferences, the 1s marked on each ballot paper, are counted

If a candidate gets enough 1s to reach or exceed the quota they are elected

If a candidate is elected at the first stage that candidate's votes are then transferred at a reduced value (the surplus divided by the total votes received)

If no-one reaches or exceeds the quota the candidate with the least number of votes is excluded from the contest and their votes transferred
These votes are transferred to the other candidates based on the next available preference marked on the ballot paper. When using votes from a candidate who has been eliminated, these votes carry their full value of 1

If no-one reaches or exceeds the quota the count continues by eliminating the next candidate who has the least number of votes

The count progresses through as many stages as are required until a candidate reaches or exceeds the quota

If only two candidates are remaining then the candidate having the most votes at that stage will be declared to be elected (even though they may not have reached the quota).
 

Please complete the form on our website.

Guidance on eligibility and nomination forms can be found here. Nomination forms must be completed and lodged with the Election Office during the nomination period, which is 18th September to 5th October, between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday. A candidate and agents briefing session will be held virtually via Microsoft Teams on Tuesday 15th September at 2pm. Please contact the Elections Office for more details.
 

The nomination period for the Kincorth/Nigg/Cove by-election is from 18th September until 5th October 2020. Nominations can be lodged between the hours of 10am and 4pm on each working day during this period at the Elections Office, Town House, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY.
 

Nomination forms can be found here.  

The Notice of Poll and Situation of Polling Stations will be published after the close of nominations on Monday 5 October.
 

Poll cards will be dispatched around 5th October 2020.

Postal votes are issued in two dispatches - the first being around 13th October and the second around the 29th October.
 

Telephone 01224 523521 or email elections@aberdeencity.gov.uk

You will notice several differences at polling stations when you go to vote to ensure the safety of all voters and election staff. These will include: The polling station will be cleaned before polling day, and touch points will be cleaned throughout the day. Staff will be wearing face coverings and will be sitting behind a Perspex screen. All voters are encouraged to wear a face covering whilst inside the polling place. The polling station will be operating a one-way system. You will be expected to follow signs, instructions and floor markings to ensure social distancing. Hand sanitiser will be available at entry and exit. Staff will not take your polling card from you - please take this home with you. You are welcome to take your own pens or pencils however pencils will be provided by a hands-free dispenser at the polling station which you can take home with you.
 

Yes. You will notice several differences at polling stations when you go to vote to ensure the safety of all voters and election staff. These will include: The polling station will be cleaned before polling day, and touch points will be cleaned throughout the day. Staff will be wearing face coverings and will be sitting behind a perspex screen. All voters are encouraged to wear a face covering whilst inside the polling place. The polling station will be operating a one-way system. You will be expected to follow signs, instructions and floor markings to ensure social distancing. Hand sanitiser will be available at entry and exit. Staff will not take your polling card from you - please take this home with you. Pencils will be taken from a hands-free dispencer, please use and take away with you.
 

You will notice several differences at polling stations when you go to vote to ensure the safety of all voters and election staff. These will include: The polling station will be cleaned before polling day, and touch points will be cleaned throughout the day. Staff will be wearing face coverings and will be sitting behind a perspex screen. All voters are encouraged to wear a face covering whilst inside the polling place. The polling station will be operating a one-way system. You will be expected to follow signs, instructions and floor markings to ensure social distancing. Hand sanitiser will be available at entry and exit. Staff will not take your polling card from you - please take this home with you. Pencils will be taken from a hands-free dispencer, please use and take away with you.
 

We encourage all voters to wear a face covering whilst in the polling place.

All elections staff will be wearing face coverings.
 

Floor markings will indicate a safe distance from the person in front of you if you are required to queue.
 

If you feel you would rather vote by post, please apply for one by contacting the Electoral Registration Office (ERO). Contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk, www.voteaberdeen.org

The deadline for applications for this election is 5pm on Wednesday 21 October 2020. 
 

If you develop COVID symptoms prior to 5pm on 28th October 2020, you may apply for a proxy vote. However, if you develop symptoms AFTER the application deadline, you may apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on Thursday 5th November. Applications should be made to the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) - contact them on 01224 068400, ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk, www.voteaberdeen.org
 

If you are following Scottish Government or medical advice by shielding or self-isolating, and were aware of this prior to 5pm on 28th October 2020, you may apply for a proxy vote. However if you start to isolate or shield AFTER the application deadline, you may apply for an emergency proxy vote up until 5pm on Thursday 5 November. Applications should be made to the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) - contact them on 01224 068400, or email ero@grampian-vjb.gov.uk or visit www.voteaberdeen.org.
 

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