Elections

Local Government Election 2022

The Local Government Election will take place on Thursday 5 May 2022.

All those aged 16 and over, who are resident of Scotland, regardless of where you were born, can vote in this election. However you must be registered to vote by Monday 18 April.

Download the notice of election.

Candidates

77 candidates will stand for election in the Scottish Borders across 11 multi-member wards. A list of the candidates is available online, along with details of their election agents.

You can use the Electoral Commission’s postcode lookup tool to find your polling place and the list of candidates standing in the ward or check on our website.

Voting and Count Process

The Single Transferable Vote (STV) system is in place for the Local Government Election. Voters must rank candidates in order of preference using numbers eg 1, 2, 3. You can vote for as many or as few candidates as you wish.

More information about the STV voting system is available.

Voter information 

The Electoral Commission has developed a voter information booklet explaining how to register to vote, how to apply for a postal or proxy vote, and how to complete your ballot paper.

The booklet is also available in BSL, Easy read, audio, Polish and Gaelic. Braille and audio CD versions of the voting guide are available on request by calling 0800 3 280 280.

guide developed in partnership with RNIB Scotland, Sight Scotland and Guide Dogs Scotland is also available which explains the support blind and partially-sighted voters can expect at the polling place.

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.