You need to be registered to vote in UK elections and referendums. Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.
A new electoral registration system called Individual Electoral Registration (IER) was brought in recently. This means:
- you are now responsible for registering yourself to vote.
- you need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth
- you can now register online
Scottish Parliamentary Election 2016
To vote in this election, you must have been registered to vote bymidnight on Monday 18 April. You must also be 16 or over on Thursday 5 May.
Registered voters will be sent a poll card telling you where and when to vote.
Who can register
To register to vote, you must:
- Be resident in the electoral area
- Be a qualifying British, Irish, Commonwealth or European Union citizen
- Be 15 or over on 30 November 2015 (you must be 16 or over to vote in the Scottish Parliamentary or Local Government Elections and 18 or over to vote in the UK or European Parliamentary Elections )
- Not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
Other groups can register to vote in special circumstances:
How to register
Register of Electors
Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.
The Electoral Registration Officer keeps an electoral register and an open register (also known as the edited register) using information provided by the public.