The system in place at Easterbrook Hall in Dumfries was open for tour yesterday afternoon and the Returning Officer gave the small number of candidates a walk-through of the well-practised process in place to ensure proper validation and counting of votes.
Already the postal votes are mostly in: of the number of postal votes issued you would expect a high proportion (maybe 80%) of the cards to be returned. Those who request postal votes have actively invested in the voting process so are more likely to vote. This compares much more favourably than the expected turnout at the polls on polling day (tomorrow!) so it could be that more votes are cast using postal votes than actually turning up.
This is definitely something that needs work for future campaigns. The SNP provides resources that help local candidates target limited campaign budgets more effectively and in a large geographical area like Dumfries and Galloway it makes sense to utilise postal voting and any other valid method of encouraging participation in local elections when visiting a polling station can be a big undertaking.