How to have your say on May 3

The first ballot box arrives for a constituency count in Kirkcaldy in Scotland, on May 6, 2010. Voters plunged Britain into limbo Friday as the opposition Conservatives came top in a close-fought general election but failed to deliver an immediate knock-out blow to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
The first ballot box arrives for a constituency count in Kirkcaldy in Scotland, on May 6, 2010. Voters plunged Britain into limbo Friday as the opposition Conservatives came top in a close-fought general election but failed to deliver an immediate knock-out blow to Prime Minister Gordon Brown. AFP PHOTO/PAUL ELLIS (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

AS THE council elections on Thursday (May 3) loom ever closer, Angus Council has reminded voters in Angus of some simple steps to take to make sure they can have their say in the elections.

* Check where you should vote. Details of your local polling station will be on your poll card. If you have not received it or are unsure of where to go call the council’s ACCESSLine on 08452 777 778. Polling stations will be open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

* Bring your poll card with you to the polling station, it may speed things. But don’t worry if you don’t have it, you can still vote without it!

* Remember that this year you vote using numbers instead of using an X. Just put a 1 next to your first choice, a 2 next to your second choice, a 3 next to your third choice and so on. You can choose how many candidates to number. As long as you number at least one, your vote will be counted.

* If you’re unsure of how to complete your ballot paper, a member of staff will be able to help you.

* Pop your ballot paper in the ballot box and that’s it done!

* If you applied for a postal vote, make sure it is returned by 10 p.m. on Thursday, May 3. If you have left it too late to post back, you can drop it off at your polling station or to the Elections Office at Angus House, Orchardbank Business Park, Forfar .

For more information on voting and the elections visit www.aboutmyvote.co.uk The site also includes an animated character called Victor the Voter who will explain what to do when you go to vote on May 3.