Everything you need to know about registering to vote — Scottish National Party

Voters across Scotland will head to the polls on Thursday, May 5, 2022 to elect their councillors.

In Scotland’s 32 local authorities, the councilors you elect will make decisions about the provision of public services, local infrastructure and set the direction of your region.

Every vote will count – and it is absolutely vital that you are registered to vote.

Here is a practical guide.


Who can vote in these elections?

You must be 14 or older to register and you can vote if you are 16 or older on May 5, 2022.

You must live at an address in Scotland and you must also be one of the following:

  • a British national
  • an Irish or EU national
  • any other foreign national authorized to stay in the UK, including refugees

A person who has two domiciles (such as a university student who has a temporary address and lives at home during holidays) can register to vote at both addresses if they are in two different council areas, and can vote in elections local for the two different councils.


How can I register to vote?

The deadline to register to vote for this election is Monday April 18, 2022.

Make sure you’re registered so you don’t lose your vote – click here to check and register to vote. It only takes about 5 minutes.

Normally you only need to register once – not for each election. You will need to re-register if you have changed your name, address or nationality.


Can I register to vote using a paper form?

Registering to vote online is the easiest and fastest way, but you can also register using a paper form.

You will need to print, complete and send the form to your local voter registration office.

Don’t forget that you must do this before Monday, April 18.