Skip to content
Glasgow City Council

Scottish Parliamentary Election - Postal Voting Frequently Asked Questions

Am I on the Electoral Register?

To find out if you are on the Electoral Register, phone the Electoral Registration Office on 0141 287 4444.

I haven't received my postal vote, can I just vote at a polling station?

No, if someone is registered as a postal voter for this election then they will not be able to vote in person at a polling station.  They will need to obtain a replacement postal vote.

I have detached the Postal Voting Statement (PVS) from Envelope A does this invalidate my vote?

No, this does not invalidate your vote.  We need to receive both the completed PVS, and Envelope A containing your ballot papers, for your vote to be valid. So if you have accidentally detached the PVS, just pop this and Envelope A together into the Envelope B and post it all back.  

I have signed my partner's PVS by mistake. What do I do?

Don't worry - this is fine.  Please just score out the mistake and complete the correct PVS with your own signature and your date of birth.   When we scan all the returned PVS our computer will flag up any discrepancies and an officer will look at them to compare the PVS received with the master copy we hold on file - which is the form you submitted when requesting a postal vote.

I have accidentally put todays date in the box for my Date of Birth what do I do?

Please score out any mistakes you have made on the PVS and enter the correct details. As explained in question 4 our systems will flag this up and an officer will verify your postal vote against our original records.

I have sealed Envelope B to return my vote but it's showing my own address in the address window - what should I do?

Open up Envelope B turn the contents around so that the Returning Officer's address is displayed in the address window and then reseal Envelope B with some Sellotape - to keep the contents secure when posting.

Why have you returned my postal vote back to me?

You may have accidentally put the postal vote into Envelope B the wrong way round - meaning your address was shown in the window. If this happens please follow the steps in Question 6 above to open Envelope B, change the address around and seal to resend it. If Envelope B has been damaged in transit to you please let us know so we can send you a new Envelop B to return it. Contact us on 0141 287 4444.

There is no Envelope B in my postal pack - what should I do?

Please get in touch with us on 0141 287 4444 and we can send you a new replacement envelope.

I have accidentally ripped up / spilled coffee / thrown out my postal pack. How do I get a new one?

Please get in touch with us on 0141 287 4444 and we will cancel your original postal vote and send out a replacement.

I've made a mistake on my ballot paper what should I do? (Examples of this are inserting numbers instead of cross or voting for more than one person.)

Don't worry - mistakes on ballot papers can be rectified without issuing you with a replacement postal vote.  All you need to do is score out your mistake and then put a single cross where want it to be.  Please note: it is very important that you DO NOT INITIAL your changes though as this would invalidate your vote as it could be used to identify you.  Your changes will be accepted as long as it is clear what your intention is on your submitted postal vote.

Do I have to post in my postal vote, can I just hand it in to a polling station instead?

Yes you can hand in your postal vote to a physical polling station as long as it's a polling place within the Glasgow City Council boundary - preferably within your own constituency. You can also hand in your postal vote to the Election Office at 40 John Street, Glasgow G1 1JL.

Share this page:

A to Z:

Council Services