Postal Votes FAQs

Postal Votes - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a postal vote?

You will need to fill in a postal vote application form.  You can get a form from the Electoral Registration Office (ERO) on 0131 344 2500. Anyone on the electoral register can apply for a postal vote as long as you are individually registered. The last date to apply for a postal vote is 6 April.

Your postal vote pack will contain:

  • 2 ballot papers (1 for the constituency election, 1 for the regional list)
  • a postal voting statement (you must fill in your date of birth and signature)
  • an “A” envelope to put your completed ballot paper in
  • a “B” envelope to return everything (pre-paid, no stamp required)

Where can I get my postal vote sent?

It can be sent to your home address or to any other address that you give. Postal votes can be sent overseas, but you need to consider whether there will be enough time to receive and return your postal vote pack by polling day.

When will I get my postal vote?

The first despatch of postal votes will be issued 14/16 April.  There will be more than one issue. If you are applying for a postal vote you need to consider when you are actually going away, i.e. if you have asked for your postal vote to go to your home address you need to be at home to receive it.  You may wish to consider a proxy vote if you are unsure.

Why haven’t I received my postal vote

You should receive your postal vote pack from 14/16 April onwards. You can contact the ERO on 0131 344 2500 to check you are registered as a postal voter.

I applied for a postal vote but now want to vote in person, can I do this?

Up until 6 April you can change to vote in person by contacting the ERO on 0131 344 2500.  After this date it is too late to change.

I have received, and completed, my postal vote, when should I return it?

Postal votes should be returned as soon as possible but must be received by close of poll (10:00pm on polling day).

I have applied for a postal vote but not yet received it and I am going to be away from home soon, what can I do?

Up until 6 April you can apply to change your postal vote to a proxy vote – phone the ERO on 0131 344 2500 to arrange this.  After this date your postal vote cannot be changed. 

Can I still use my postal vote or is it spoilt?

A replacement may not be necessary – contact the helpline 01875 824300 for advice.

I received my postal vote but have now lost it, how can I get a replacement?

Contact the helpline 01875 824300 for advice.

Postal Vote received but voter unable to complete due to existing medical condition, can someone else complete it on their behalf?

No – the signature on the postal vote statement has to be verified (against the original application signature) the vote will be rejected if someone else has signed the statement.  Contact the ERO on 0131 344 2500 to arrange for a proxy vote or a waiver for future elections. Note: Power of Attorney does not apply to voting.

I have made a mistake and spoiled my postal ballot paper, what do I do?

Contact the helpline 01875 824300 for advice.

Before a replacement can be issued, all documents that came with the original pack (including the ballot paper must be returned to the Election Office.

I have applied for a postal vote, can I still vote at the polling station?

No - but on Polling Day you can hand in your postal vote to a polling station (by 10:00pm)