Safety measures for voters

Safety measures for voters

You can still vote in person at a polling place in the elections in Scotland and it will be safe to do so.

Polling places will be open from 7am to 10pm. If there’s a queue, you’ll still be able vote as long as you joined it before 10pm.

Coronavirus guidelines

Safety measures will be in place at the polling places. We will comply with the Scottish Government coronavirus guidelines to make sure it’s safe for you to vote in person. 

When voting

  1. There will be physical distancing and may be a limit on how many people are allowed inside the polling place.
  2. When you go inside the polling place, you will be expected to wear a face covering like you do when you go into shops or on public transport.
  3. You should sanitise your hands when you go into the polling place and when you leave. Hand sanitiser will be made available on entry and exit.
  4. The polling place staff will be behind protective screens, like staff in shops and pubs, but you’ll still be able to ask them for help if you need it.
  5. Polling place staff will be cleaning regularly, so you might need to wait for a booth to be cleaned before you can use it.
  6. You’re welcome to take your own pencil or pen with you if you’d like to. Fresh clean pencils will be available for each voter.
  7. Where possible polling places will have a one-way system so be prepared to followed the signage and any instructions.

Planning ahead for safety

You may want to plan ahead for how to vote on polling day. Check your poll card as your polling place may have changed since the last election. Polling places are usually busier early in the morning and after school so you may want to go at a different time when it’s likely to be quieter.

Ask someone to vote on your behalf - vote by proxy

If, after 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021, you are unable to vote in person because you are following Scottish Government advice or the advice of a registered medical practitioner in relation to coronavirus you can apply to vote by proxy.

Completed applications must reach the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021. To find out how to apply, please call the Electoral Registration Office on

0131 344 2500.