how to register to vote in scotland

When is election day in Scotland?

The 2022 Scottish local elections will take place on Thursday 5th May.

We need to be registered by 18th April 2022 to have our voice heard.

According to the National Records of Scotland, 73,800 young people aged 16-17 registered to vote in the Scottish parliament and local government elections in 2019.

This sounds a lot but did you know this election saw 4,600 fewer young voters in 2019 compared with 2018.

Let’s register to vote online (5 mins).

If you’d like some assistance to register to vote this time around, let’s take a couple of minutes together to do just that.

Let’s start the registration process by going to MyGov.scot.

A couple of key notes to make when we arrive here are:

  • We must be 14 or older to vote in Scottish Parliament and council elections.
  • We must be 16 or older to vote in the UK Parliament elections.
  • Be a British, Irish, or foriegn national living in the UK.
  • If we change our name, address, or nationality, we’ll need to register to vote again.

Next, click the blue button, ‘Register to vote online‘.

You’ll need:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Passport if you’re a British citizen living abroad.

Next, click the green button, ‘Start Now‘.

Here’s an example of multiple choice questions you’ll be asked:

  1. Where do you live? (Choose one of 5 options)
  2. What is your nationality? (Choose the options you prefer)
  3. What is your date of birth?
  4. What is your full name?
  5. What is your national insurance number?

 

CONGRATS! YES, YOU CAN. vote.

Woohoo! Now you can have your voice heard and express what you really think by voting for the issues that matter most to you and your community. 

Since you’ve submitted your registration form, your local registration officer will contact you by your preferred choice (email or phone) to confirm you’ve been registered, so be sure to check your email soon if you’ve chosen this option.

Perth and Kinross Council polling station locations

Where do we vote?

Check this post out for details of your local polling stations, what to do if we’ve chosen to vote by post, and how to contact your electoral registration officer if you have any questions about voting.

How do we vote?

Have you wondered what happens after you’ve cast your vote and left the polling station? Well, let’s have a quick look at how we vote in Scotland today.

Who are your local councillors?

The 2022 Scottish local council elections have canadidates running from all major parties. Let’s take a look.

What are the issues?

Let’s take a look at the issues the main political parties say that they are focusing on.

Congratulations! Happy voting ūüôā

Go and tell them what you really think, and use these helpful links and resources if you need them: