Voters urged to make their mark as Stirling and Strathallan campaign enters final 24 hours

Voters across the region will take to the polls on July 4
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Stirling and Strathallan voters are being urged to make their vote count as they prepare to go to the polls tomorrow, with six candidates vying to become their MP.

SNP’s Alyn Smith - Stirling MP before the constituency boundary change - is hoping to return to Westminster but Stirling Council leader Chris Kane, for Labour, is looking to a different political realm in the hope of taking his seat.

Fierce competition also comes from current councillor, Conservative Neil Benny. Also contesting is veteran Bill McDonald of Reform, Greens candidate Andrew Adam and Lib Dem’s Hamish Taylor.

See inside for our final instalment in a series of special reports as the candidates all pitch their case in a bid to win your vote.

For the first time at a UK election, everyone turning up to polling stations, which are open from 7am until 10pm, MUST bring photo ID.

You can use an out-of-date photo ID - as long as it still looks like you and the name is the same as the one you used when you registered to vote.

Stirling residents yet to receive their postal vote are being offered another opportunity to do so in person on the day.

Residents based in the Stirling and Strathallan area will be given the opportunity to collect a replacement postal vote between 9am and 5pm tomorrow (Thursday) at the council’s Old Viewforth headquarters.

The measure comes amid concerns over access to postal votes across the country for the summer contest, with some voters having already left the country as the summer holidays commence and others reporting delays in receiving their voting papers before the June 19 deadline.

On Monday, an update on postal voting in the Stirling and Strathallan constituency was issued, stating: “Almost all postal votes in the Stirling and Strathallan constituency should have been delivered by Saturday June 29.

“A small number of postal vote applications, which were received later by the Electoral Registration Officer, are being issued manually by the council’s election team. The team is contacting those voters by phone or email if they have provided contact details so that they can come in and collect their vote.

“Voters should bring ID that confirms their name and address.

“The latest a replacement postal pack can be issued is 5pm on Thursday, July 4.

“If you miss the post, postal votes can be handed in to the reception at Old Viewforth, Stirling Council HQ or further information is available from the Electoral Registration Offices for Central Scotland and Tayside.”