Local elections 2022: where and when to vote
Find out where your polling place is, when it opens, and who your candidates are
By Anttoni James Numminen
Photo courtesy of The Gaudie.
Voting in the 2022 local government elections opens tomorrow and the results will decide who sits on city and shire councils across the UK, including Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.
Councils and councillors have considerable power over what happens in cities from public transport to education, planning permissions, and healthcare. There are 13 multi-member wards in Aberdeen City and 45 councillors will be elected.
If you are registered to vote, you should have received a poll card in the post that has the location of your local polling station. However, you do not need to bring your poll card with you in order to vote.
Below is a list of polling stations in the Aberdeen City Council area and they should be open from 7am - 10pm.
Below is a list of polling stations in the Aberdeen City Council area. You can use this website to find your polling place, which should be open from 7am - 10pm.
If you are not sure who your local candidates are, you can find the candidates for Aberdeen City wards here.
In Scotland, the elections are undertaken using a Single Transferable Vote system, which allows voters to rank candidates in favour of preference rather than voting for a single candidate as in a First Past the Post system (in Westminster elections).
When voting, you can mark your favourite candidate with a '1', the next with a '2', and so on, marking as many or as few preferences as you wish.
The results of the election will be announced on Friday, with the vote count taking place at the P&J/TECA, with the ballot boxes arriving at the venue from 10pm on election day, Thursday 5 May.
The Gaudie will be present and reporting on the vote count, so follow our Facebook page for updates.