Ways to vote

Vote in person, by post or by proxy

Application deadlines for an election - Working days before poll (deadline if not midnight)

  • register to vote - 12 days 
  • new postal vote applications, including proxies applying to vote by post - 11 days
  • to cancel or alter postal and proxy votes, or to change from postal to proxy voting - 11 days (5pm)
  • new proxy vote applications - 6 days (5pm)
  • to vote by proxy, after 5pm 11 days prior, on the grounds of a medical emergency or where you learn you cannot go to the polling station because of work service reasons - 0 days (5pm).

Download the postal vote application form

Most people vote in person on the day of the election at their polling station. If you can't vote in person you can apply

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

Apply for a postal or proxy vote on the Lothian Valuation Joint Board website.

Postal voting

If your address has changed since you applied, you 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.

Please return all application forms to :

Electoral Registration Officer
Lothian Valuation Joint Board
17A South Gyle Crescent
EH12 9FL

If you are unable to sign this form or require a paper copy sent to yourself, please contact your Electoral Registration Officer on
0131 344 2500 or email enquiries@lothian-vjb.gov.uk.

Proxy voting

Proxy voting means someone can 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.

Visit Lothian valuation joint board website to see how you can apply for a proxy vote if you have 

  • a medical emergency or
  • work service reasons.