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Residents in the Bays of Harris estate not on the Comhairle's Register of Electors have until August 19 to secure their vote on the proposed community buyout.

The postal ballot is being conducted for the buyout steering group by Comhairle nan Eilean Siar. Eligible voters include residents of the Bays of Harris Estate who are registered on the Comhairle's Register of Electors and tenants of estate crofts who live outwith the estate but are ordinarily resident within 20 miles (32 kilometres) of their crofts. 

The latter group are advised to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by August 19 to ensure they are also included on the register to vote in the buyout ballot.

In an online post, Grant Fulton, a Harris Councillor and Steering Group member, said: "The forthcoming ballot will be important in establishing the level of community support for a buyout of the Bays of Harris Estate. The Steering Group is pleased that Comhairle nan Eilean Siar has agreed to organise and manage the ballot process, as they have vast experience of conducting similar community buyout ballots, both in Harris and elsewhere in the Western Isles. We urge the Bays of Harris community to make their views on a buyout of the estate known by returning their ballot papers after they have been issued."

It is anticipated that the result of the ballot will be announced in mid-September.