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

Anyone who is not on the electoral register, or who has recently moved house and needs to re-register, has until midnight on Monday 19 April to complete the simple registration process.

You can register to vote by completing online registration or by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer on 01835 825100.

Postal vote deadline

if you wish to vote by post, you only have until 5pm on Tuesday 6 April for your application to be received by the Electoral Registration Officer, and you must be on the electoral register to apply.

Application forms for postal and proxy votes are available online or by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer.

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.

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.