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How to vote in the 2011 election and referendum

Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:00 GMT on Monday 2nd May, 2011.

WITH less than a week until the Scottish Parliament elections, and a referendum on the future of the voting system used to election Members of the UK Parliament, it’s crucial to know how to vote.
On polling day, go to the polling station stated on your polling card between 7am and 10pm, you'll be asked to state your name and address, you will then receive three ballot papers.
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Two of these ballot papers will be for the Scottish Parliament election but the other ballot paper will be for the UK Referendum.
The Scottish Parliament ballot papers are two different colours; purple and peach. On the purple ballot paper you elect your constituency (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth) MSP and on the peach ballot paper you elect your regional (Central Scotland) MSP, to vote in these put a cross (X) next to your preferred candidate, only once, on each sheet. Constituency candidates are Jamie Hepburn of the Scottish National Party (SNP), Cathie Craigie of the Scottish Labour Party, James Boswell of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party and Martin Oliver of the Scottish Liberal Democrats.
Then there is the grey ballot paper. This ballot will be used to choose the future voting system, used to elect Members of the UK Parliament. On this sheet of paper you also only need to put a cross (X) next to your preferred option.

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