Elections and Voting
The Register of Electors
To be able to vote you must be on the electoral register.
To check if you are on this register contact the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) on 0131 344 2500. The ERO for the Lothian area is based at the Lothian Valuation Joint Board, 17a South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh, EH12 9FL.
INDIVIDUAL ELECTORAL REGISTRATION
From 19 September 2014, the way you register to vote has changed.
The ERO issued letters advising of this change to all electors in the Lothian area on 15 October 2014.
These changes to the electoral registration process may affect your eligibility for a postal vote. Contact the ERO, before 21 April, for advice.
For new registration applications, you can now apply on line at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote or, alternatively, you can contact the ERO to either register by telephone or request a registration application form. Please note that your National Insurance number is now required to register to vote, so have this available when you make contact with the ERO. The deadline for new registration applications is 20 April.
Ways to vote
Vote in person
On election day, go to your local polling station. Polling station opening hours are 7am - 10pm. If you need assistance, you can ask to have a companion with you when you vote, or staff in the polling station may be able to help you.
Tell the staff inside the polling station your name and address so they can check that you are on the electoral register. You can show them your poll card, but you do not need it to vote.
The staff at the polling station will give you a ballot paper listing the parties and candidates you can vote for. It will be stamped with an official mark. You may be given more than one ballot paper if there is more than one election on the same day. If you have a visual impairment, you can ask for a special voting device that allows you to vote on your own in secret.
Take your ballot paper into a polling booth so that no one can see how you vote. Read the ballot paper carefully, it will tell you how to cast your vote. Do not write anything else on the paper or your vote may not be counted.
Finally, when you have marked your vote, fold the ballot paper in half and put it in the ballot box. Do not let anyone see your vote. If you are not clear on what to do, ask the staff at the polling station to help you.
Postal and proxy votes
Anyone who cannot attend the polling place to cast their vote in person, can apply to vote by post or can nominate another person (proxy) to vote on their behalf.
The proxy must be eligible to vote at the election themselves in order to act on behalf of another elector.
Postal and proxy vote application forms are available from the Lothian Valuation Joint Board.
If you require further information please contact the ERO, details provided above.
Information is also available through Vote Scotland.