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.

Register to vote on the GOV.UK website

You can register, or update your name, address or other details on the electoral register at any time using the link above. In July, every household was sent a registration form which you can use to register by post. You can also register by calling the Electoral Registration Office.

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, known as 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

Registration deadlines

There is a registration deadline for each election. It is usually about a month before polling day.

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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