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Plan Today To Vote In May

The Scottish Parliamentary Election is due to take place on Thursday 6 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.

New legislation was introduced on 3 August 2020 which extended the voting franchise in Scotland. 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

The deadline to register to vote for this election is Monday 19 April 2021.

Polling stations will be open with all the usual Covid safety measures in place.  The deadline to apply to vote by post for this election has now passed.  However, if you are unable to attend the polling station on the day of the election you can apply to vote by proxy.

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote for this election is 5pm Tuesday 27 April.

 

I'd like to register to vote

You can register to vote here. Remember every time you move address you need to register again.

You are required to provide your personal identifiers (name, nationality, date of birth and national insurance number) and address when registering to vote.  Please ensure all information is provided on your application to avoid any delay to your registration.  You may be asked to provide additional proof of your identity. 

If you are a British citizen living abroad, a Crown Servant, a British Council employee or member of the armed forces please see the information contained in the FAQs below.

If you are unable to complete an application online, please contact our office and we can take your details over the phone or issue you with a paper form.

There are statutory deadlines to register to vote at an election, please see the links below for all information relevant to the current elections.

Scottish Parliamentary Election

The only way to check if you are on the electoral register is to contact the Electoral Registration Office direct, this information is not available online. We can only provide details relevant to you, details of other electors cannot be disclosed.

If you are a new registration or changing address and want to apply for a postal vote, please select this during the registration process. You are required to fill in an additional form and provide your signature and date of birth. 

I'm already registered but want to change how I vote (postal/proxy)

You will need to complete an application form and provide your personal identifiers: your signature and date of birth.

There are statutory deadlines for applying for and changing an existing postal, proxy or postal proxy vote at an election.

Voting by post

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the Scottish Parliamentary Election has now passed. 

If you have a postal vote in place and you no longer want to vote by post, you have until 5pm Tuesday 20 April to contact the electoral registration office to request a cancellation. 

Voting by proxy

The deadline for new proxy vote applications is 5pm Tuesday 27 April.

The deadline to amend or cancel an existing proxy vote is 5pm Tuesday 20 April.

A proxy vote is where you nominate someone you trust to vote on your behalf at your designated polling station.  The person you appoint as your proxy must be a registered elector, qualify to vote in this election and they can only act as a proxy for 2 people other than close relatives.

You need a reason to vote by proxy.  The are 2 categories for voting by proxy:

  • For a specific election: You are unable to attend the polling station on the day of an election.
  • Long term proxy: for reasons of work, education, or disability.

Here are the application forms to vote by proxy. Please click to download.

Voting by Postal Proxy

The deadline to apply for a postal proxy vote for this election has now passed. 

 

How to return Proxy application forms

Completed application forms can be returned using the following - 

  • Post - Electoral Registration Office, Glasgow City Council, PO Box 15311, Glasgow, G4 7DL
  • Email - sent as an attachment to an email to voters.roll@fs.glasgow.gov.uk

If you do not have time to return your application by post you can hand deliver this to the letter box at 45 John Street, Glasgow, G1 1JE.  Please note this office is not open for electoral enquiries.

FAQs

Who can register to vote

You can register to vote in Scotland if you are:

  • aged 14 and over
  • resident (usually live) in Scotland
  • a British or Irish citizen
  • a Commonwealth citizen or a qualifying foreign national who has leave to enter or remain in the UK or does not require such leave
  • not legally excluded from voting

You can register to vote here. Remember every time you move address you need to register again.

If you are concerned that having your name or address on the register may affect your safety, there could be other options available to you.  To find out more please contact this office on 0141 287 4444.


Resident Overseas

To qualify as an overseas elector you had to be registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years. If you were too young to register when you left the UK, your parent or guardian must have been registered.

You can apply to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  use the link in the in the section If you live abroad. You will need to provide the address you were last registered to vote in the UK when completing your application.

You can vote in UK Parliamentary Elections.


Crown Servants and British Council Employees

You can register as a Crown servant or British Council employee if:

  • you are working outside the UK as a Crown servant or as an employee of the British Council
  • you are the spouse or registered civil partner of a Crown servant or British Council employee and you accompany them during their employment abroad
  • your parent or guardian is a Crown servant or British Council employee and you are living abroad with them

You can vote in UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government Elections.   

You can apply to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote use the link in the in the section If you're a public servant posted overseas.


Members of the Armed Forces

A member of HM forces and their spouse or civil partner may register as a service voter, although they may choose in certain circumstances to make a registration application as an ordinary elector instead.

In Scotland, a child aged 14 or over whose parent or guardian is a member of HM Forces is also eligible to register as a service voter. They must be living in Scotland or would be living in Scotland if their parent or guardian were not based overseas.

You can vote in UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government Elections.   

You can apply to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote use the link in the in the section If you're a public servant posted overseas.

 

FAQ - No Fixed Address

If you have no fixed address due to one of the following reasons you can still register to vote:

  • homeless
  • a patient in a mental health hospital
  • a merchant seaman
  • part of the gypsy or travelling community
  • living on a boat or movable residence
  • a person remanded in custody

If you have no fixed address and would like assistance to register to vote please contact our office on 0141 287 4444.
 

Change of Name 

To update a change of name on the register please complete the form and provide the relevant documentary evidence. You can download the form by clicking pdf icon here [218kb]

Please note original documents are not required copies are accepted. 

You can scan and return your completed form and documents to voters.roll@fs.glasgow.gov.uk

The Open Register 

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections.  It can be bought by any person, company or organisation.  For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.  If you are aged 16 or over, your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

You can opt out of the open register when you register to vote.  You can also contact us to change your preference at any time.

You can contact us by using the following methods to remove your details from the open register, please ensure you provide your full name and address.

Use our online form to Opt In/Opt Out

Email optout@glasgow.gov.uk

Phone 0141 287 4444

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