Scottish Parliamentary Election
The Scottish Parliamentary Election is due to take place on Thursday 6th May 2021. We are currently writing to every household to let you know who is registered to vote and if you have a postal vote in place.
You can vote in this election if you are:
- 16 or over
- living in Scotland
- a British or Irish citizen
- a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who has leave to enter and remain in the UK or does not require such leave
- not legally excluded from voting
This is the first election in Scotland that all foreign nationals can register to vote in. Foreign nationals will also be able to vote in next year's Council elections.
The deadline to register to vote for this election is Monday 19th April 2021.
How to Register to Vote
If you want to be able to vote in elections and referendums you need to be registered to vote. You are now responsible for registering yourself. So, if your circumstances change e.g. if you move house or you change your name, it’s important that you re-register as soon as possible.
You can register to vote on the Government Online Registration Site - You must provide your name, address, date of birth and national insurance number. Providing this information makes the registration process more secure.
Although your name may be on the Electoral Register, you’re not under any legal obligation to vote in any election, unless you wish to do so. However, you cannot vote unless you are on the register.
For more information about registering to vote please see our Frequently Asked Questions which appear at the bottom of this page.
You can also access more information by clicking on the headings below.
Electoral Registration Enquiries
Tel. 03451 55 55 11 or email firstname.lastname@example.org