Register to vote

If you are not on the Electoral Register then you will not be able to vote in any election. Check if you are registered to vote by calling the Electoral Registration Officer on 01835 825100.

Who can register:

A person can register to vote in Scotland if they are:

  • resident (usually live) in Scotland
  • aged 15 or over, but will not be able to vote in Scottish Parliamentary or local government elections until they are 16 (applies from May 2016), and not in UK Parliamentary or European Parliamentary elections until they are 18

They must also be either

  • a British, Irish or European Union citizen
  • a Commonwealth citizen who has leave to remain in the UK or who does not require leave to remain in the UK

How to register:

The electoral registration system in the UK is called Individual Electoral Registration or IER. Find out more information on IER and what this means for you.

Individual electors can register to vote at any time by completing online registration and following the instructions provided. Alternatively, an elector can contact the Electoral Registration Officer on the number above and a member of staff will assist with telephone registration. If preferred, an Invitation to Register form can be sent to you.

It is important that electors make their registration applications as early as possible after the event e.g. when moving house.

If you are not able to attend a polling station on the day of the election, you may apply in advance to vote by post or proxy (have someone vote on your behalf). Different rules govern each of these methods of "absent voting".

What happens after I register?

If you have chosen to vote at a polling station you will receive a poll card which shows the name and address of your polling station.

If you have asked to vote by post you will receive a letter explaining how to vote and when you will receive your postal vote.

Where is my polling station?

If you are on the electoral register, you will receive a poll card before the election telling you where and when to vote.

The polling station is often a school or local hall near where you live.

The poll card is for your information only, you do not need to take it to the polling station in order to vote, although it will help if you do.

For further details, contact the Electoral Registration Officer.

Register to vote online