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Local Council Elections In Scotland

Local council elections are taking place across Scotland on Thursday 3 May 2012.

To be able to vote in these elections you must be 18 years of age or over on the day of the election and be registered to vote.

Use the links on the left hand side of this page to find out more about these elections and the electoral process.

Local council elections in Angus

Angus Council has 8 electoral wards each represented by three or four councillors:

Since May 2007, Councillors have been elected using the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system which allows voters to express a preference for more than one candidate.

Single Transferable Vote (STV)

The Single Transferable Vote (STV) system is a form of proportional representation which uses preferential voting in multi member wards. Preferential voting means that instead of casting a single vote for a single candidate, you can rank the candidates on the ballot paper in your order of preference – by putting a “1” in the voting box next to your first choice, “2” in the voting box next to your second choice, “3” in the voting box next to your third choice and so on.

Remember, you can vote for as many or as few candidates as you wish. The candidates you vote for may be from the same party, from several different parties or be independent candidates.

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To be elected a candidate must reach a set amount of votes known as the “quota”.

The votes are counted in stages. In the first stage only first preferences are counted. Anyone who reaches the quota is elected. Any votes received over the quota are not needed by the elected candidate and so are transferred to the second preference. If not enough candidates have then reached the quota, the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and all of their votes are passed to the next preference on the ballot papers. This process is repeated until three or four candidates have been elected.

At this year’s local council elections votes will be counted using an electronic counting system which will speed up the count process and ensure complete accuracy in the calculation of the results.

For more information about STV please visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk or the Electoral Reform Society’s website.