Scottish Parliament Election 2021

The Scottish Parliament Election will be held on 6 May 2021. 

The notice of the election, the list of candidates standing in the two local constituencies and the situation of polling stations can all be found online.

To vote in a Scottish Parliament election, you must be:

  • aged 16 or over on the day of the election
  • a British, Irish, European Union, Commonwealth or Foreign National citizen with the legal right to remain in the UK
  • resident at an address in Scotland and
  • on the electoral register

Registering to vote

The deadline for registering to vote in the Scottish Parliament election passed at midnight on Monday 19 April.

Postal and proxy vote deadlines

The deadline for postal and proxy vote applications for this election has passed.

In an emergency, or where you are required to self-isolate due to COVID-19, you can appoint an emergency proxy up until 5pm on polling day. Application forms can be found on the Electoral Commission website.

If you require any assistance, please contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 01835 825100.

Polling Station arrangements

Polling stations will be open as normal, and a range of measures will be in place to ensure that those who wish to vote in person can do so safely, including adherence to social-distancing guidelines and the wearing of face coverings.

Find your polling station

Details of where you should vote are on your poll card. You can also find your polling station online.

Information for BSL users

Information on the upcoming Scottish Parliament election for British Sign Language users is available from the Electoral Commission.

Community Council Elections

Each community council must hold an election at least once every four years, giving new members the opportunity to join. Visit our community council election page for more information.