Scotland 'has no mandate for second referendum' says Carlaw
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The Scottish Parliamentary election is just hours and Scottish political leaders are out in force pitching for votes. New guidelines are in place across polling stations to ensure voting can be undertaken in a safe and Covid-secure manner. Whichever party wins the most seats on May 6 will form the Government so it is important to cast your vote and have your say.
The Scottish election is due to take place on Thursday, May 6, to elect 129 Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).
These 129 MSPs include 73 constituency MSPs and 56 regional MSPs.
There are a total of 25 parties running in the Holyrood election which means Scottish voters will have a minimum of 15 choices on the regional lists.
The ongoing coronavirus crisis has significantly impacted the Holyrood campaign trail and will also likely impact voters on polling day.
Anyone aged 16 and over who lives in Scotland and is registered to vote is able to visit the polls on election day.
People under 16 and those who are legally excluded from voting are not entitled to vote on polling day.
You must also be a British or Irish citizen to vote or a citizen of another country living in Scotland who has permission to enter or stay in the UK or does not need permission.
The deadline for registering to vote has now passed, which means those who have not registered cannot vote on May 6.
Instead, new Scottish voters are entitled to register for future elections here.
Voters across Scotland can head to cast their ballots on May 6.
Your polling card sent ahead of the election should outline which polling station you should visit on election day.
If you lose the card, however, there is no need to fear, as you can still vote.
You can find out where your nearest polling station is using this postcode checker.
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What time do polls open and close on May 6?
Polling stations in Scotland are open from 7am until 10pm on Thursday.
Wait times may be increased due to queuing outside polling stations, in order to maintain social distancing.
But as long as you are in the queue to cast your vote before 10pm you will still be permitted to vote.
What to expect at polling stations?
Polling places have been adapted to ensure they are safe for voters on May 6.
The safety measures will include the following:
- Mandating face masks be worn at all times
- Using hand sanitiser stations
- Social distancing must be observed.
- Recommending you bring your own pen and pencil to mark your ballot papers, but clean pencils can also be provided.
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