To qualify to be registered to vote you must be:
* Citizens of the European Union may only register as local government and Scottish Parliamentary electors in the first instance. They can also choose to register as European Parliamentary electors.
** 16 and 17 year olds will be eligible to vote in the Scottish Independence Referendum on 18 September 2014.
The Register is held and maintained by the Council.
If your name is not on the Register, you cannot vote!
Once you have registered to vote - you may opt to vote by post or proxy (appoint someone to vote on your behalf)
The following people are entitled to vote as service electors:
This is done by completing and submitting the appropriate Service Declaration form, which includes the facility to apply to vote by post or proxy. The Declaration lasts for 12 months. The Electoral Registration Officer is obliged to send a reminder and a new application form to the elector between 9 and 10 months from the date on which the entry on the Register took effect.
A person who has no fixed address can still register to vote by means of a Declaration of Local Connection. The Declaration lasts for 12 months. The Electoral Registration Officer is obliged to send a reminder and a new application form to the elector between 9 and 10 months from the date on which the entry on the Register took effect. Contact the Electoral Registration Officer for details of how to register to vote in this way.
British citizens resident abroad can register to vote by means of an Overseas Elector's Declaration, provided that on that date the Declaration is made:
The Declaration lasts for 12 months. The ERO is obliged to send a reminder and a new application form to the elector between 9 and 10 months from the date on which the entry on the Register took effect.
Annual Canvass of Electors
The revised register of electors was published on 10th March 2014. To ensure you are included in the register please return your registration form as soon as possible. Please contact the ERO should you need an application form or download a copy from aboutmyvote.co.uk.
Young Voters who will be 16 by the 18th September 2014 are entitled to vote in the referendum. You have until September to register. Young Voter Registration Forms are available from the ERO or via aboutmyvote.co.uk. Don't miss this chance to have a say about your future.
Individual Electoral Registration
Under the terms of the Electoral Registration and Administration Act a new system of Individual Electoral Registration is to be introduced from 1 October 2014. This will replace the existing system of the household canvass whereby it is the responsibility of the householder to complete and return the registration form. Under the new system, to guarantee the authenticity of applications, individuals will be required to provide their National Insurance number and date of birth.
What do I need to do?
Nothing yet - You will be contacted with further information nearer the time. Around two thirds of existing electors will not be required to take any action to remain registered because their details will be checked and added to the new system automatically.