The elections to the Scottish Parliament will take place on Thursday 6 May 2021. Voters in East Lothian will receive 2 ballot papers, 1 for the East Lothian Constituency and 1 for the South Scotland Regional List.

An election public helpline – for voters within the East Lothian Constituency only – 01875 824300 – will be active from 1 March to 6 May (inclusive). 

A guide to polling day gives important information to voters, answering questions and explaining what voters should take with them on the day, given the current situation.

For this election some parts of the East Lothian Council area (Musselburgh, Wallyford and Whitecraig) come under the Midlothian North and Musselburgh Constituency NOT the East Lothian Constituency. Voters in these areas should contact the Midlothian Council Election Office with any queries -

The Regional Returning Officer (Dumfries and Galloway Council) is responsible for dealing with nominations for the regional election for the South Scotland list and for the allocation of regional seats. Email:

This section has more information on different areas relating to this election:

Financial assistance for disabled people running for election

The Access to Elected Office Fund offers financial assistance to disabled people running in the 2021 Scottish Parliamentary election, and in any by-elections for Local Authority and Scottish Parliament seats. The fund is delivered by Inclusion Scotland and supported by the Scottish Government. 

Unfortunately, candidates for Westminster/UK Parliamentary elections cannot be supported due to reserved legislation. 

Find out more about the Access to Elected Office Fund