Can you vote? ... not everyone can ...
You have to be 16 or over and
- a British citizen
- an Irish citizen
- a citizen of another country living in Scotland who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
If your name is on the register of electors and you are aged 16 or over, you will, unless you are further included in the absent voters list, get a polling card around mid March. This will tell you where your Polling Station is and when it is open. The card is for information only. Don't worry if you lose it or forget it - you can still vote without it. It just makes it easier if you take it to the Polling Station and show it to the clerk.
If you don't receive a polling card, this could mean that you are registered at an old address or are not included on the register. You should call the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) on 01382 434444.
Voting in Person
To vote in person you should go to the Polling Station listed on your Polling Card. The clerk will give you two ballot papers - one for the constituency MSP (lilac) and one for the regional list (peach). You vote by putting a cross on each paper next to the candidate or party of your choice.
Voting by Post
Anyone can apply - go to the 'How to Register' section for information. When you have been granted a postal vote your Ballot Papers will then be sent to you by post, prior to the election. Complete the papers and return them as directed. You will also be sent a postal vote poll card confirming that you have a postal vote nearer this time.
Please apply for a postal vote as soon as possible. The last day for receipt of applications by the ERO for electon is Tuesday 6th April, 2021.
Download a form or call 01382 434444 to arrange for a form to be sent out.
Voting by Proxy
Go to the 'How to Register' section for information. If granted this means that you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you either in person at the polling station, or if they have applied to be your Postal proxy, by post.
The last day to appoint a proxy in time for the election on 6th May is Tuesday 27th April, 2021. Forms need to be with the Electoral Registration Officer by 5pm. Download a form.
You can either scan and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org or you can post it back to ERO, 8 City Square, Dundee, DD1 3BY.
If you have any questions on whether you are registered to vote, postal votes or proxy votes please contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01382 434444.