Information for voters

A Local Government (Moray Council) election will be held on Thursday 5 May 2022 to elect 26 members (Councillors) to the Moray Council. 

Page last updated 05/05/22 09:57

About this election

Local Government (Council) elections are operated under the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system. Voters use numbers to mark their ballot paper ranking candidates in preferential order.

Moray Council area is covered by eight multi-member wards. Each ward has either 3 or 4 seats.

Candidates

Ward 1 - Speyside Glenlivet (3 seats)

  • Elidh Myrvang BROWN (Scottish Green Party)
  • David GORDON  (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Juli HARRIS (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • David Philip MCHUTCHON (Sovereignty)
  • Derek ROSS  (Independent)

Ward 2 - Keith and Cullen (3 seats)

  • William Keith BARCLAY  (Scottish Family Party: Pro-Family, Pro-Marriage, Pro-Life)
  • Tracy COLYER (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Theresa COULL (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Donald GATT (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Leslie TARR (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

Ward 3 - Buckie (3 seats) (Uncontested - there is no poll in this ward) See below

  • Neil MCLENNAN (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Christopher Thomas PRICE (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Sonya WARREN (Scottish National Party (SNP))

Ward 4 - Fochabers Lhanbryde (3 seats)

  • Dave BREMNER (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Donald John Craig CAMERON (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Marc MACRAE (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Shona MORRISON (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Ben WILLIAMS (Scottish Labour Party)

Ward 5 - Heldon and Laich (4 seats)

  • James ALLAN (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Calum CAMERON (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Neil CAMERON (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • John COWE (Independent)
  • Bridget MUSTARD (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Andrew O’NEILL (Scottish Labour Party)

Ward 6 - Elgin City North (3 seats)

  • Neil ALEXANDER (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
  • Amber DUNBAR (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Jérémie FERNANDES (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Graham JARVIS (Independent)
  • Rebecca Jane KAIL (Scottish Green Party)
  • Sandy KEITH (Scottish Labour Party)

Ward 7 - Elgin City South (3 seats)

  • Peter BLOOMFIELD (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Paul BRIGGS (Independent)
  • John DIVERS (Scottish Labour Party)
  • Michaela FRENCH (Independent)
  • Graham LEADBITTER (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Bernard Matthew SALMON (Scottish Liberal Democrats)

Ward 8 - Forres (4 seats)

  • James HYNAM (Scottish Labour Party)
  • Scott LAWRENCE (Scottish National Party (SNP))
  • Paul MCBAIN (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Shaun MOAT (Independent)
  • Kathleen ROBERTSON (Scottish Conservative and Unionist)
  • Draeyk VAN DER HORN (Scottish Green Party)

Registering to Vote

The deadline for applications to register to vote has now passed on 18 April.

Register to Vote

Poll Cards

All registered voters will receive a poll card from the Returning Officer with details of how they have chosen to vote, in-person, by post or by proxy. You should check this carefully prior to polling day. If you need to amend your details or address you must contact the Electoral Registration Office at the Grampian Valuation Joint Board.

Poll cards will be dispatched in three issues depending on when you registered to vote. Poll cards will be issued around 16 March, 7 April and 25 April.

I've lost or not received my Poll Card

If you lose your polling card we cannot replace it. You don't need to take your poll card to the polling station to vote, but it helps the staff there to assist you if you do. You will be asked to confirm your name and address when you arrive. 

We do not reissue poll cards. unless you have changed your details or voting method during the election period.  If you haven't received your poll card, it may be an indication that you are not registered to vote, please check with the Electoral Registration Office if you are unsure. 

Voting

For this election voters use numbers 1,2,3 and so on (not a cross (X)) to mark their ballot paper, ranking candidates in preferential order. Information about this is contained in the household guide which will be sent to all households by the Electoral Commission closer to this election. This guide is also available to download in a number of different languages, easy print, large print, audio and sign language. 

More information about the voting method can  be found via the Electoral Commission - Information guide for voters (various languages available)

Polling Stations

Polling stations will be open across Moray from 7.00am to 10.00pm on Thursday 5 May 2022. A list of the current polling places can be found on our dedicated page or by using the online tool - Find my polling station.

There is no poll in Ward 3 - Buckie as this ward was uncontested, see below.

Declaration of Result in Uncontested Ward 3 - Buckie (PDF, 405kB)

Postal and proxy voting

If you are away from home or can't get to your polling station on polling day, you can vote by post or appoint a proxy (someone you trust to vote on your behalf). 

Applications for, or amendments to postal or proxy voting must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by the following deadlines;

  • New applications for, cancellations or amendments of postal vote arrangements by 5.00pm on Tuesday 19 April 2022
  • Applications to vote by proxy by 5.00pm on Tuesday 26 April 2022
  • Applications to vote by emergency proxy made after the 26 April proxy deadline by 5.00pm on Thursday 5 May 2022

Details and postal vote application forms are available at www.votemoray.org, contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01224 068400 and use the online contact form at www.votemoray.org

When will I receive my postal vote?

There are several issues of postal votes to voters, depending on when you applied for a postal vote. Please bear in mind deliveries may be delayed over the Easter weekend due to bank holidays.

  • First issue of postal votes will arrive around Friday 14 April
  • Second issue of postal votes will arrive around Friday 21 April (those that who have recently applied for a postal vote)
  • Third issue issue of postal votes will arrive around Thursday 27 April (those that who have recently applied for a postal vote)

Please see our step by step guide on completing your postal vote

Returning your postal vote

As soon as you receive your postal vote, please complete it and return without delay. Please bear in mind that Monday 2 May 2022 is a bank holiday and mail services are not operating. 
Royal Mail has 35,000 Priority Post Boxes, these boxes have late collection times, with 98% of them having a collection time of after 4.00pm. In many cases these Priority Post Boxes will also have an earlier collection as well and some have collections on Saturdays and Sundays. Postal voters can make use of this enhanced collection service, and can find the priority post box in their area at www.royalmail.com/priority-postboxes

I have spoilt or lost my postal vote....

For those that have spoilt, or damaged your postal vote ballot paper or postal voting statement
Contact the elections helpline on 01343 563334, Mon-Fri during office hours or email elections@moray.gov.uk. Please provide your full name, address and a contact number, and details of the damage or spoil to the pack. We will get back to you as soon as we can. Please retain the spoilt ballot postal vote pack, we will ask you to return it, and we will cancel it.

If you have ripped or lost your return envelope B
Place your completed postal voting statement and the ballot paper envelope in a plain envelope and seal. Add the following Freepost address, and post in good time, it will return to us, in the normal way.

     Freepost Plus RLTE-XSAE-ASYG
     The Returning Officer, The Moray Council, Council Offices, ELGIN IV30 9SA

I have torn the Postal voting statement from the ballot paper envelope A
Please paper clip the completed postal voting statement to the ballot paper envelope A and return in envelope B. Please avoid using sellotape.

I am expecting a postal vote, but it hasn't arrived yet
If your postal vote pack hasn't arrived by 21 April (first issue) or 27 April (second issue), contact the elections helpline on 01343 563334, Mon-Fri during office hours or email elections@moray.gov.uk for a replacement for a 'lost' postal vote. Please provide your full name and address, and a contact number. We will get back to you as soon as we can. If you are going away by this date, please contact us.

Uncontested Poll in Ward 3 - Buckie

One ward, being Ward 3 – Buckie has three candidates standing for three seats, therefore the seats in this ward are uncontested.There will be no poll in the Buckie ward on Thursday 5 May, and those candidates listed above will be declared elected unopposed on Thursday 5 May by the Returning Officer. Please to the foot of the Notice of Poll for more information.

Declaration of  Results of Uncontested Ward 3 - Buckie (PDF, 405kB)

Count and Results

The electronic counting (eCount) of the ballot papers will conducted during the day on Friday 6 May in Elgin. The count is not open to the public, candidates and their appointed agents will be able to attend. 

Results of the election will be published here throughout Friday 6 May as each ward is counted. Please follow our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MorayCouncil) or Twitter stream (www.twitter.com/TheMorayCouncil) for live updates during the count.

Election Results

Other useful information 

Contacts

Electoral Registration Office (ERO)

For electoral register enquiries, to register to vote, change or amend your addresses or to apply for a postal or proxy vote. Please note the Electoral Registration Officer only deals with electoral register enquiries, amendments and applications to register to vote, applying for a postal or proxy vote.

Electoral Registration Officer (ERO)
Grampian Valuation Joint Board
Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB16 5GE
01224 068400
Online contact form at www.votemoray.org for elector register queries and amendments, postal and proxy vote applications
www.votemoray.org

Monday - Thursday - 9am to 5pm, Friday - 9am to 4pm

Moray Election Office

Returning Officer - Denise Whitworth
For information about: elections, dates and notices, candidate nominations, polling places, issues with postal votes not being received, spoilt or lost, ballot papers and how to vote, results or any other election related query:

Elections Office, Moray Council, Council Office, High Street, Elgin, IV30 1BX (please note this office is closed to public access due to pandemic restrictions)

Elections helpline: 01343 563334  (do not use this number for enquiries for registering to vote, or applying for proxy or postal votes, see above)
elections@moray.gov.uk (do not use this email address for electoral register queries t, changes or applying to vote by post or proxy) please contact ERO above
www.moray.gov.uk/elections

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