Voters reminded of measures in place in polling stations

Scottish Parliament election 2021

Published: Tuesday, 4th May 2021

Polling stations will be open from 7am-10pm on Thursday 6 May for the Scottish Parliament election

A range of measures will be in place to ensure that people voting can do so safely, including adherence to social-distancing guidelines and the wearing of face coverings.

Netta Meadows, Returning Officer for the two constituencies in the Scottish Borders

“Many of the measures in place in polling places will be very familiar to people now – social distancing, wearing of face coverings and hand sanitiser.

“In addition, there will be one way systems in some polling places and extra staff on hand to guide voters. Please follow the instructions of staff and the signage that will be in place.”

Voters are encouraged to bring their own pen or pencil to complete their ballot papers. There will of course be clean pencils available however.

Only one person/household will be allowed in a polling station at a time, so there may be a need to queue for a short time outside.

The count for the Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire constituency will take place on Friday 7 May, with the Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale constituency count taking place on Saturday 8 May.

More information

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

  • aged 16 or over on the day of the election
  • a UK, qualifying Commonwealth or European Union citizen, or a qualifying foreign citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need such permission
  • resident at an address in Scotland
  • on the electoral register