Published 25 March 2021

Residents are being reminded to ensure they are registered to vote in the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections as the deadline for postal voting approaches.

On Thursday 6 May, residents will get the opportunity to have their say on which candidates they want to represent them in Holyrood.

The Scottish Parliament has powers to make laws for Scotland on a range of important issues including local government, transport, education, environment, health, police and fire services.

Residents have until Monday 19 April to register to vote, however if planning to use a postal or proxy vote they must be registered and have submitted an application for postal vote by Tuesday 6 April.

First-time voters and people who have moved house recently are among those who may not yet be included in the electoral register.

Any resident not registered ahead of the deadline will lose the right to vote in this election.

Registration is a simple process and it only takes a few minutes to complete the forms online at

If you are registered to vote and wish to apply to a postal or proxy vote, you must submit an application to your local Electoral Registration Office at Dunbartonshire and Argyll & Bute Valuation Joint Board, 235 Dumbarton Road, Clydebank, G81 4XJ. Applications can be found here:

To vote in Scottish Parliament elections you must be registered to vote at an address in Scotland, be 16 or over on the day of the election and not be legally excluded from voting.

To obtain a paper copy of the registration form, contact the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 980 0471.