Voting safely at the Scottish Parliament election

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On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Fife will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Scottish Parliament.

While the election is not until May, planning is already underway to help you stay safe while casting your vote.

There are a number of ways to have your say in the election in May - you can vote in a polling station, by post, or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.

Morag Ferguson, Depute Electoral Registration Officer for Fife, said:

“The Scottish Parliament makes decisions that affect every aspect of our daily lives, so it is important to make your voice heard in this election and have a say on who represents you.

“We’re thinking about these elections now so that, however you choose to cast your vote in May, you can do so safely. Arrangements are being put in place to help you stay safe at the polling station; you can expect many of the measures you’ve become used to in shops and banks over recent months, such as hand sanitiser, floor markings and face masks. But you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by proxy.”

Andy O’Neill, Head of Electoral Commission, Scotland said:

“The choice on how to vote at next May’s elections is yours – you can have your say in person, by post or by proxy.

“If you’re thinking about voting by post, you can apply now. This will make sure your application is processed early, and your postal vote can be sent to you more quickly. It’s easy to apply and you can find out how by visiting the Electoral Commission website.

“You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the election – the easiest way is online at And remember, it doesn’t matter where you were born, if you are aged 16 and over and are resident in Scotland you are now eligible to register and vote in Scottish Parliament elections.”

Residents can visit to find out more about the elections on 6 May 2021. The page will be updated with new information as it becomes available.

Anyone who isn’t online can contact the Fife Electoral Registration team on 03451 55 55 11.