Peterhead Business Improvement District Ballot

A ballot will be held on the proposal of Rediscover Peterhead to introduce a Business Improvement District (BID) for Peterhead Town Centre. You can visit the Rediscover Peterhead website for more information about the BID. 

A Business Improvement District is where businesses in a defined area vote to invest collectively in local improvements over and above those provided by statutory authorities. It is a partnership arrangement where the local business community and the statutory authorities work together on projects that will benefit the local economy and local business.

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Ballot dates

The ballot will be conducted entirely by post by the Independent Scrutineer, Electoral Reform Services. Ballot Papers will be sent to those eligible to vote no later than Thursday, 17th August 2017, for return to the Electoral Reform Services by no later than 5pm on Thursday, 28th September 2017.

Who can vote in the BID ballot

Persons eligible to vote in the ballot will be the non-domestic ratepayer listed on the council’s database for each business premises situated in the geographical area of the proposed BID as at the date of this Notice. Each person entitled to vote in this ballot shall have one vote in respect of each business premises occupied or (if unoccupied) owned by them in the geographical area of the proposed BID.

Appointment of proxy

Persons eligible to vote in the BID ballot may appoint someone else to vote on their behalf. For example, if you are going to be away at the time of the ballot. Applications to appoint a proxy must be submitted to Electoral Reform Services no later than 5pm on Monday, 18th September 2017. An application for the appointment of a proxy must be made in writing and:

  • state the full name and address of the person whom the person entitled to vote (the applicant) wishes to appoint as a proxy
  • state the address(es) of the applicant’s business premises
  • be signed by the applicant
  • contain a statement by the applicant that the proxy so named has been consulted and is capable and willing to be appointed

Alternatively, you can arrange for the ballot paper to be sent to someone else within your business or organisation so long as that person is located at either the address of the relevant property itself within the BID Area, or at your principal place of business. You can do this by writing to Electoral Reform Services with the name and the address of the person to whom the ballot paper should be sent with details of their position in your business or organisation.

A proxy appointment may be cancelled by notifying Electoral Reform Services no later than 5pm on Saturday, 23rd September 2017.

Lost ballot papers

If a ballot paper has not been received by Tuesday, 19th September 2017, you may apply to Electoral Reform Services for a replacement paper in writing by supplying one of the following:

  • A letter in hard copy form along with the appropriate 'evidence of identity'
  • A scan of both the letter and the 'evidence of identity' attached to an email
  • A fax copy of both the letter and the 'evidence of identity'

The letter should be addressed to The Independent Scrutineer, The Election Centre, 33 Clarendon Road, London N8 0NW. The letter must be signed by the Eligible Voter and evidence of the voter’s identity must be provided in the form of one of the following:

  • Signed letterhead for the appropriate company
  • A signed photocopy of the National Non-Domestic Rating Bill for the business premises
  • A signed photocopy of an item of personal ID such as a Passport or Driving Licence Please do not send original copies of ID or bills

Spoilt ballot papers

If you inadvertently spoil your ballot paper in such a manner that it cannot be conveniently used as a ballot paper, please return it to Electoral Reform Services.

On receipt of the spoilt ballot paper prior to the date of the ballot, Electoral Reform Services will issue a replacement.

Count of ballot papers

Ballot papers will be counted on Thursday, 28th September 2017, and the result of the ballot will be announced within seven days.

For a BID ballot to be successful, there must be:

  • A minimum turnout of 25% (the headcount) of the persons entitled to vote
  • The total aggregate of the rateable value of the lands or heritages in respect of whether a voter voted for or against the BID proposal must exceed 25%
  • The number of votes cast in favour of the BID proposals must exceed the number of votes cast against
  • The aggregate of the rateable values of the relevant properties of yes voters must exceed the aggregate of the rateable values of the no voters

Rejected ballot papers

If a ballot paper is duplicated and two are returned bearing the same number or barcode both will be void and not counted. Any ballot papers that are returned unsigned, unmarked or that are void for uncertainty will also be void and not counted.

Declaring the result

The ballot holder shall certify:

  • the total number of votes cast in the ballot excluding any votes given on ballot papers rejected under the conditions above
  • the aggregate rateable value of each relevant property in respect of which a person voted in the ballot
  • the total number of votes cast in favour of the question asked in the ballot
  • the total number of votes cast against the question asked in the ballot
  • the aggregate rateable value of each relevant property in respect of which a person voting in the ballot has voted in favour of the question asked
  • the aggregate rateable value of each relevant property in respect of which a person voting in the ballot has voted against the question asked

Contact Electoral Reform Services

You can contact Electoral Reform Services in writing or by telephone:

Electoral Reform Services
33 Clarendon Road
London
N8 0NW
Telephone: 0208 3658909

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