Make sure you are registered to vote in the Scottish Parliament Election

Voters have until midnight on Monday (April 19) to make sure they are registered to vote in the Scottish Parliament Election on May 6.

Tuesday, 13th April 2021, 2:58 pm
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Registering to vote will mean you are on the Electoral Register and will be able to attend a polling station and vote in person. Anyone who is not registered to vote should visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or call the Lothian Electoral Registration Office on 0131 344 2500.

While the application deadline for postal votes has now past, voters still have time to request a proxy vote where you nominate a person you trust to vote on your behalf if you can’t attend a polling station for reasons such as illness or work commitments.

Applications for a proxy vote must be made before 5pm on April 27.

If something happens after that date that prevents you from voting in person you can apply for an emergency proxy vote. That includes where you are following Covid-related medical or public health advice. Those applications can be made online up till 5pm on May 6, the day of the election.

These applications must be made to the Electoral Registration Officer at Lothian Valuation Joint Board website or by sending completed applications to 17A South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9FL or calling 0131 344 2500.

Arrangements will be in place to help ensure polling stations meet strict health and safety standards for those who wish to vote in person.

Risk assessments will be completed to determine what measures need to be in place at polling stations. All measures will be in accordance with the most up to date public health guidance and in keeping with any national or local Covid-19 restrictions that are in force on the day of the election.

You can find out more information on West Lothian Council’s website at https://westlothian.gov.uk/scottish-parliament-election-2021.