Local Government Elections 2017

Local Government Elections will take place on Thursday, 4 May 2017 to elect councillors to all 19 wards in the Aberdeenshire Council area. Voting will take place between 7:00am and 10:00pm for all registered voters over the age of 16. Votes will be counted electronically the following day at the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre.

Find out more about Local Government Elections 2017:

Voting in the elections

Poll cards will be issued on or around Tuesday, 14 March.

Eligible voters in the Aberdeenshire Council area can check the location of their polling station. Only one new polling place will be in operation this May – Port Elphinstone Community House will be used in Ward 11 rather than Port Elphinstone School. All other polling locations across Aberdeenshire will be the same as at the EU Referendum last June.

Apply to vote - deadlines

The deadline for applying to vote at these elections is 5.00pm on Monday, 17 April 2017.

You can register to vote online or get further information by visiting the Electoral Registration Officer’s website.

The deadline for applying for a postal vote is 5.00pm on Tuesday, 18 April.

Those who have applied for a postal vote by around 31 March will be part of the first main issue of postal ballot packs, which is expected to take place on or around 13 April. Further issues will take place for those who apply closer to the application deadline.

How to vote

You can watch our short video (one minute) on how to vote at a local government election.

Notice of Election

View the formal Notice of Election (pdf 158KB), published on 13 March.

Nominations - stand in elections

Nominations for those who wish to stand in any Aberdeenshire Council ward must be received no later than 4.00 pm on Wednesday, 29 March, 2017.

You can download nomination pack or obtain from the local election offices in Banff (St Leonard’s), Inverurie (Gordon House) or Aberdeen (Woodhill House), after the publication of the Notice of Election on Monday, 13 March. The final list of candidates for the election will be published soon after close of nominations on 29 March.

Candidate awareness day 

A candidate awareness day, including a pre-nomination briefing for those considering standing for election as a councillor at the Local Government Elections, took place on Monday, 27 February, 2017, in Woodhill House, Aberdeen. The event included an introduction to Aberdeenshire by the Chief Executive Jim Savege, an introduction to the Council’s directors and area managers and also a detailed briefing on the election nominations process, polling day, postal voting, the count and candidate expenses.

View pre-nomination briefing for candidates and agents (pdf 572KB).

Contact Election team

Anyone wishing further information about the Local Government Elections should email elections@aberdeenshire.gov.uk or calling the Election team on 01224 665119 or 01224 664176.

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