The Register of Electors (Voters’ Roll) is a list of addresses showing the names of those who are qualified to vote at various types of elections and referendums.
The Register is updated and re-published annually (usually on 1 December) following a canvass of all households. After publication, the register is updated on a monthly basis, January – September. There are no updates to the register in the two months prior to re-publication.
The law requires the Electoral Registration Officer to publish two versions of the register:
- The electoral register and
- The open register
Further information is available here
If you are not already registered to vote or need to update your information (eg. because of a change of address or change of name) you can apply to register to vote at any time by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and following the instructions provided. It only takes a couple of minutes to complete an application but you will need your national insurance number and date of birth to complete it.
Alternatively you can telephone (0131) 344 2500 and a member of our Customer Support Team will assist you.
If preferred, a registration form can be sent to you or you can download one from this website.
The main criteria be registered to vote are:-
The application should be for the address at which you currently reside, that being your usual and permanent place of residence and not a temporary residence such as a holiday home or second home.
In Scotland, you can register to vote when you are 14. You can vote in local and Scottish Parliamentary election when you are 16. The voting age for UK Parliamentary (Westminster) elections is 18.
Persons eligible to be registered are:
- British Citizens
- Commonwealth Citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or who do not require such leave
- Citizens of The Republic Of Ireland
(The citizens listed above have, subject to any other statutory restriction, full voting rights at all types of elections and referendums).
- Citizens of Other European Union Countries
These citizens are entitled to vote at Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government Elections only, although they may be included in National Referendums depending on the relevant franchise restrictions for the event.
EU citizens are not eligible to vote in UK Parliamentary Elections.
Further information is available on the Electoral Commission website.
Click on the following links to the Electoral Commission website for information regarding registration and voting for –
- Armed Forces (Service Electors)
- Overseas Voters (British Citizens living overseas)
- Crown Servants
- People with no fixed address
- Anonymous Registration
Copies of registration forms for the above categories are available from our downloads section.
ANNUAL HOUSEHOLD CANVASS
Each year the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) is required to conduct a canvass of all households in their area for the purpose of updating the electoral register.
The ERO will be getting in touch with every household to check that the electoral register is up to date, and to identify any residents who should be registered but are currently missing. With all nationalities now able to vote in Scottish Parliament and council elections, this will be an important opportunity to ensure these new voters can get onto the electoral register before next year’s Scottish Parliament election.
This year canvass will take place between August and November and information provided will be used to update the register which is to be published on 1 December 2020.
If you’re not currently registered, the easiest way is online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Register To Vote Online
Annual Household Canvass
Electoral Register Display Locations
The current Electoral Register is available for public inspection at local libraries – click on the links to the relevant Council website below, for locations and opening hours.