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
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.
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