Less than two weeks left to register to vote in upcoming council elections

Published: 5th April 2022

With less than two weeks until the voter registration deadline for local elections in May, Borders residents are urged to make sure they are registered in time

Anyone living in Scotland who will be 16 or over on 5 May can register to vote in these elections. The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 18 April.

Residents can apply online. It takes just five minutes.

On Thursday 5 May voters will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them on Scottish Borders Council.

Brian Rout, Electoral Registration Officer

“With less than two weeks to go until the registration deadline, time is running out to make sure you can take part in the local elections.

“In order to vote in the elections, residents must be on the electoral register. So if you’re not registered by 18 April, you won’t be able to take part.”

Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland

“You can only take part in these elections if you are registered to vote, and the deadline is fast approaching. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online.

“If you have recently turned 16 or moved home, it is particularly important that you make sure you are correctly registered to vote.

• “If in doubt, you can check your registration status with the Electoral Registration Officer on 01835 825100.”

Those on the electoral register can apply to the Electoral Registration Officer for a postal vote up to 5pm on Tuesday April 19.

You can also apply to the Electoral Registration Officer to have someone vote on your behalf - a proxy vote - if you are unable to get to the polling station on election day. The deadline for proxy vote applications is 5pm on Tuesday April 26.