Ways to vote

Vote in person, by post or by proxy

Most people choose to vote in person on the day of the election at their polling station. If you are not able to vote in person you can apply

  • to vote by post
  • for someone to vote on your behalf, known as a proxy vote.

Postal voting

You need to apply for a postal vote if you want to vote by post.

If your address has changed since you applied, you will need to

If you are resident in Scotland but voting from abroad, remember it will take time for your voting pack to reach you, and for you to send it back. If you are applying close to polling day, you may find it easier to apply for a proxy vote instead.

Proxy voting

If you are not able to vote in person or by post then you can apply to vote by proxy. This means you can ask someone to go to a polling station and vote for you. Your proxy can also apply to vote by post, if you apply early enough.

You must apply for a proxy vote in advance.  It is illegal for someone to vote for you if you have not been granted a proxy vote.

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