Scottish Parliament Election

On Thursday 6 May 2021 residents in Scotland will go to the polls to have their say on who represents them in the Scottish Parliament.

You need to be registered to vote in order to have a say at the election – if you are NOT currently registered, the easiest way of applying is online at . It doesn’t matter where you were born, if you are aged 16 and over and are resident in Scotland you are now eligible to register and vote in Scottish Parliament elections.

Residents can visit the FAQ page on the website at to find out more about the election.

While the election is not until May, planning is already underway to help you stay safe while casting your vote.

We’re thinking about these elections now so that, however you choose to cast your vote in May, you can do so safely. Arrangements will be in place to help you stay safe at the polling station but you also have the option to apply to vote by post or by appointing someone you trust to vote on your behalf, which is known as a proxy vote.