Right to vote

In February 2020, the Scottish Parliament passed a new law which extends the right to vote in Scottish elections to people who are over 16 and live in Scotland. No matter where you were born, if you are a resident in Scotland you can now vote in all Scottish elections.

To vote in the Scottish Parliament elections in May, you must register by Monday 19 April here: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Why should you vote?

The Scottish Parliament has powers to make laws for Scotland in a range of areas including health, education, housing, justice and the environment.  When you vote, you  make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect your day-to-day.

Registering to vote improves your credit score. If you want to rent, get a mortgage, credit card or a mobile telephone contract, it really helps if you are on the electoral roll.

Ways to vote

In person

You can vote in person at a polling station. You’ll be sent a poll card just before an election telling you when to vote and at which polling station.

By post

A postal vote lets you vote from your own home. You need to apply for apostal vote by completing an application form by 6th April.

By proxy

If you’re unable to vote in person you can ask someone to vote on your behalf. This is called a proxy vote. You need to apply for a proxy vote by  completing a form by 27th April.