Local Elections - Use Your Vote!

Local council elections are being held on Thursday 4th May. The deadline for registering to vote is Monday 17th April - don't leave it too late! 

The UK Government and the Electoral Commission would like to encourage people from underrepresented groups of voters to both register to vote, and get out and vote on the day in these important elections. 

During the election, you will decide who represents you in your local council and who makes decisions on the provision of local services. 

Register to vote

To be able to vote in the Scottish council elections, you must register. Registering is quick and easy, and you can apply to register to vote at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. Remember, the deadline to register to vote is Monday 17 April.

Important information about registering:

  • 16 and 17 year olds can register and vote in the 2017 Scottish council elections
  • All you need is your National Insurance number, date of birth and address
  • If you’re under 16 you can register without a National Insurance number.

There are a few ways you can vote once you’ve registered:

  • In person
  • By post
  • By proxy (someone you trust voting on your behalf)

If you can’t vote in person you can still have your say with a postal or proxy vote (where a person you trust votes on your behalf). Go to www.yourvotematters.co.uk to find out how to apply

Want to find out more?

Find out all you need to know and read through useful FAQs at www.yourvotematters.co.uk or call 0800 3 280 280 for more information.

View the Electoral Commission's Voter Myth Busting videos
Visit the Electoral Commission's YouTube channel for useful information videos