Scotland Election 2016

Holyrood 2016: Voting registration deadlines loom

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The deadline for registering to vote in the Scottish Parliament election on 5 May is looming.

Voters planning to cast their ballot at a polling place on 5 May must be registered by midnight on 18 April.

Applications for a postal vote must reach the local electoral registration office by 17:00 on 19 April.

Those wanting a proxy to vote on their behalf must apply to the local registration office by 17:00 on 26 April.

In an emergency, where you cannot go to the polling station in person, you can apply for an emergency proxy up to 17:00 on the day of the election.

It is possible to register to vote online here, and further information is available on the Electoral Commission website.

Polling card

Anyone who has received a polling card for the election is already registered to vote. The polling card will tell you where and when to vote.

This will be the first Scottish Parliament election in which 16 and 17 year-olds can vote, with those who are aged 16 or over on 5 May eligible.

To be eligible to vote, you also need to be living in Scotland and a British or Irish citizen, a Commonwealth citizen who has the right to remain in the UK, or a citizen of another European Union country.

British citizens living overseas cannot vote in the election.

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