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Register to Vote

The Scottish Local Government Elections (council election) is due to take place on Thursday 5 May 2022.

You can vote in this election if you are registered to vote in Scotland and will be aged 16 or over on Thursday 5 May 2022. You must also be either:

  • a British or Irish citizen, or
  • a Commonwealth, European Union citizen or any other foreign national who has permission to enter or remain in the UK, or who does not need such permission

The deadline to register to vote for this election is Monday 18 April 2022.  All information regarding this election is available here.

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Who can register to vote?

Further new legislation which extended the voting franchise in Scotland was introduced in June 2020.  This now means that you can register to vote if you are resident and are aged 14 years and over and are:

  • living in Scotland
  • a British or Irish citizen, or
  • If you hold EU citizenship (other than Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) and have permission to enter or remain in the UK, or do not need permission
  • a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who has leave to enter or remain in the UK or does not require such leave
  • not legally excluded from voting

You can register to vote online. Remember every time you move address you need to register again.

If you are a British citizen living abroad, a Crown Servant, a British Council employee, member of the Armed Forces or of No Fixed Address please see the information contained in the FAQs below.

If you are concerned that having your name or address on the register may affect your safety, there could be other options available to you.  To find out more please contact this office on 0141 287 4444.

Currently our office is closed to the public but our telephone service is open Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm, and online services are operating as normal.

I'd like to register to vote

You can register to vote online. Remember every time you move address you need to register again.

You are required to provide your personal identifiers (name, nationality, date of birth and national insurance number) and address when registering to vote.  Please ensure all information is provided on your application to avoid any delay to your registration.  You may be asked to provide additional proof of your identity. 

If you are a British citizen living abroad, a Crown Servant, a British Council employee or member of the Armed Forces please see the information contained in the FAQs below.

If you are unable to complete an application online, please contact our office and we can take your details over the phone or issue you with a paper form.

There are statutory deadlines to register to vote at an election.

The only way to check if you are on the electoral register is to contact the Electoral Registration Office direct, this information is not available online. We can only provide details relevant to you, details of other electors cannot be disclosed.

I'm already registered but want to change how I vote (postal/proxy)

Post/Proxy: 

The deadlines to apply for a proxy or postal have now passed however if you found out after 5pm Tuesday 26 April that you are unable to attend the polling station you can apply for an emergency proxy for one of the following reasons:

Applications can be made until 5pm on the day of the election, Thursday 5 May 2022.

You can email your application to voters.roll@fs.glasgow.gov.uk or contact our office on 0141 287 4444 to make alternative arrangements.

How to return application forms

Completed application forms can be returned using the following - 

  • Post - Electoral Registration Office, Glasgow City Council, PO Box 15311, Glasgow, G4 7DL
  • Email - sent as an attachment to an email to voters.roll@fs.glasgow.gov.uk

FAQs

Who can register to vote

You can register to vote in Scotland if you are:

  • 16 or over
  • living in Scotland
  • a British or Irish citizen, or
  • If you hold EU citizenship (other than Republic of Ireland, Malta and Cyprus) and have permission to enter or remain in the UK, or do not need permission
  • a Commonwealth citizen or foreign national who has leave to enter or remain in the UK or does not require such leave
  • a registered Crown Servant, British council employee or member of the armed forces serving overseas
  • not legally excluded from voting

You can register to vote online. Remember every time you move address you need to register again.

If you are concerned that having your name or address on the register may affect your safety, there could be other options available to you.  To find out more please contact this office on 0141 287 4444.


Resident Overseas

To qualify as an overseas elector you had to be registered to vote in the UK within the last 15 years. If you were too young to register when you left the UK, your parent or guardian must have been registered.

You can apply to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote  use the link in the in the section If you live abroad. You will need to provide the address you were last registered to vote in the UK when completing your application.

You can vote in UK Parliamentary Elections.


Crown Servants and British Council Employees

You can register as a Crown servant or British Council employee if:

  • you are working outside the UK as a Crown servant or as an employee of the British Council
  • you are the spouse or registered civil partner of a Crown servant or British Council employee and you accompany them during their employment abroad
  • your parent or guardian is a Crown servant or British Council employee and you are living abroad with them

You can vote in UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government Elections.   

You can apply to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote use the link in the in the section If you're a public servant posted overseas.


Members of the Armed Forces

A member of HM forces and their spouse or civil partner may register as a service voter, although they may choose in certain circumstances to make a registration application as an ordinary elector instead.

In Scotland, a child aged 14 or over whose parent or guardian is a member of HM Forces is also eligible to register as a service voter. They must be living in Scotland or would be living in Scotland if their parent or guardian were not based overseas.

You can vote in UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government Elections.   

You can apply to register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote use the link in the in the section If you're a public servant posted overseas.

 

FAQ - No Fixed Address

If you have no fixed address due to one of the following reasons you can still register to vote:

  • homeless
  • a patient in a mental health hospital
  • a merchant seaman
  • part of the gypsy or travelling community
  • living on a boat or movable residence
  • a person remanded in custody

If you have no fixed address and would like assistance to register to vote please contact our office on 0141 287 4444.
 

Change of Name 

To update a change of name on the register please complete the form and provide the relevant documentary evidence. You can download the form by clicking pdf icon here [218kb]

Please note original documents are not required copies are accepted. 

You can scan and return your completed form and documents to voters.roll@fs.glasgow.gov.uk

The Open Register 

The open register is an extract of the electoral register, but is not used for elections.  It can be bought by any person, company or organisation.  For example, it is used by businesses and charities to confirm name and address details.  If you are aged 16 or over, your name and address will be included in the open register unless you ask for them to be removed. Removing your details from the open register does not affect your right to vote.

You can opt out of the open register when you register to vote.  You can also contact us to change your preference at any time.

You can contact us by using the following methods to remove your details from the open register, please ensure you provide your full name and address.

Use our online form to Opt In/Opt Out

Email optout@glasgow.gov.uk

Phone 0141 287 4444

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