Individual Electoral Registration
A new process for voter registration was introduced in Scotland on 19 September 2014, which means each person is required to register to vote individually, rather than by household. The purpose of the new system, which was introduced in England and Wales earlier that year, is to ensure greater confidence regarding the identity of electors and improve access to the registration process.
How is the new system different
- You need to provide a few more details to register - including your national insurance number and date of birth. This makes the electoral register more secure.
- You can now register online on www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
- Everyone is responsible for registering themselves. Under the old system the 'head of every household' could register everyone who lived at their address.
Once a person is registered under IER and they respond to the Annual Household Enquiry Form their registration is continuous until they move to a different address or for any reason are no longer eligible to remain registered as an elector.
If you are not registered to vote, you are now required to register on an individual basis and provide 'personal identifiers' - date of birth and national insurance number. This will allow registration officers to cross check the information provided against national databases and other Council records before you can be added to the register. To complete the online voter registration application, visit www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
If you prefer, you can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01292 612221 to complete your voter registration by telephone or to request a registration form. Please remember, you will need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth to complete the registration process.
Who can register
To qualify to be registered to vote you must be resident or deemed resident in the registration area
You must be aged 14 or over in order to register however you cannot vote until you are 16 (Scottish Parliamentary and local government elections) or 18 (UK Parliamentary elections) and not subject to any legal incapacity.
You must also be one of the following:
- a British citizen
- an Irish or EU citizen living in the UK
- a Commonwealth citizen who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission
- a citizen of another country living in Scotland who has permission to enter or stay in the UK, or who does not need permission.
The 2022 Annual Canvass will commence later in the year. If you have recently moved you can now register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Have you considered applying for a postal vote for the 2022 Scottish Local Elections? Or are you thinking about postal voting at future elections? The future is uncertain and public health challenges related to Covid-19 may prevent you from attending a polling station. To ensure you receive your vote, request a postal vote application form when responding to the canvass communication we send you. The postal vote application form needs to be signed and returned to us for us to ensure you receive a postal voting pack prior to the election.
Checking the Register
The Register of Electors is a public document and displayed widely throughout the registration area at public libraries, local council offices and at the office of the ERO. The link below provides a list of the Publication Offices and details the nearest location you can view a copy of the register.
If you are unable to find your name in the Register of Electors, or if you are unable to check the Register personally, contact the ERO for assistance.
Click here to see the current list of publication offices where you will be able to view the Electoral Register for your area.
Click here to find out more about Postal and Proxy Voting Information.