Lothian Valuation Joint Board

Electoral Registration, Valuation and Council Tax within Lothian

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Individual Electoral Registration

New electors can register to vote at any time by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and following the instructions provided. Alternatively, an elector can contact our call centre on 0131 344 2500 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday and a member of staff can assist with telephone registration. If preferred, an Invitation to Register form can be sent to you or you can download one from this website.

Registration only takes a couple of minutes but you need your national insurance number and date of birth to complete an application.

It is important that electors make their registration applications as early as possible after the event e.g. when moving house.

The Register of Electors (Voters Roll) is principally based on an annual electoral canvass of all households. The Register is effectively a list of addresses with names of persons qualified to vote and shows their entitlement to vote at various types of elections and referendums.

The Electoral Register is updated and re-published following the canvass each year, normally at 1 December. It is used for elections to the Scottish Parliament, UK Parliament (Westminster), the European Parliament, local elections to appoint Councillors, at national referendums and in the election of Community Councils.

Not everyone whose name appears in the Register has the right to vote at all elections or referendums. The Register contains statutory coding to indicate where such limited qualification exists.

Opt out and the “open” register.

The law requires the Electoral Registration Officer to publish two versions of the register:

  • The electoral register, which lists the names and addresses of everyone registered to vote. Circulation of this version is strictly limited to individuals and organisations listed in the Representation of the People (Scotland) Regulations 2001. Recipients of the electoral/full register may only use it for the purposes specified by the Regulations, which will be for electoral purposes, the prevention and detection of crime, safeguarding national security or checking identities of individuals who have applied for financial services. It is a criminal offence for any recipient to disclose information from the electoral/full register or to put it to any other purpose than that for which they receive it.
  • The open register omits names and addresses of those electors who have requested, on their applications to register, that their names be excluded from this version. The law requires that the open register must be made available for purchase by anyone for a statutory fee. Such recipients are then permitted to use the information for whatever purposes they choose.

If you wish to remove or withhold your details from the open register, or have your details reinstated on it, please email enquiries@lothian-vjb.gov.uk making your wishes clear, or telephone 0131 344 2500 (9.00am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday)

Electoral forms can be downloaded from our Electoral Forms section.