Register to vote, apply for a postal vote or proxy vote

How to register to vote

You must be on the register of electors to vote. Each autumn, every household in Edinburgh is sent a registration form. You can register at any time by calling the Electoral Registration Office on 0131 344 2500.

You can register to vote even if you are homeless or living in a hostel. You must

  • be aged 18 or over
  • be an EU national
  • have no ‘legal incapacity to vote’.

If you choose to vote in person, you will receive a poll card. This tells you where to vote.

Alternatively, you can apply

  • to vote by post 
  • for someone to vote on your behalf (a proxy vote).

Apply to vote by post or by proxy when you register or any time afterwards. There are deadlines for particular elections. You can download the form from the Electoral Registration Office website or call  for a copy.
0131 344 2500

Young Voters - Referendum on Scottish Independence 

The voting age has been lowered to 16 or over for the Referendum on Scottish Independence.  If you will be 16 by the date of the referendum you can register to vote by calling 0131 344 2500 or you can download the form from the Electoral Registration Office website

Voting by post

A postal pack will be sent to the address you request. This contains your ballot paper, postal voting statement and return envelopes. Once you’ve used your postal vote you can’t change your mind and vote at a polling station.

Voting by proxy

Anyone eligible to vote in the election and willing to be your proxy can vote on your behalf.

You must say why you need a proxy vote. For example, you are

  • going on holiday
  • unable to get to the polling place because of a physical condition
  • unable to get to the polling station because of work
  • attending an educational course
  • a Crown servant or in the Armed Forces.

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