Who can vote, how do I vote, and when can I vote?

Who can vote?

Anybody who has registered to vote and who is a citizen of the UK, EU, or Commonwealth can vote in Scottish local elections. You can even vote in Scotland  if you are resident in another part of the UK for the rest of the year. If you live in a university hall of residence or have signed up with your local council, you should have received a polling card to confirm your eligibility.

To vote, all you need to do is go to the polling station listed on the card on the day of the election. You don’t even need to take the card with you! Just turn up and vote.

How do I vote?

Scottish local elections use a single transferable vote system. This means that each council ward elects between three and four candidates based on a preferential numbering system. When you mark you ballot you should list your preference, with the number  1 next to your highest ranked candidate.  Then put a number 2 next to your second favourite, and so on. You can rank as many as you like or as few as you like.

You may also be used to voting in a first past the post system, in which there is only one winner and where you may not feel you can vote for the party you prefer as it will allow a party you dislike to win. The single transferable vote is a proportional system, meaning that you can vote for any candidate in the knowledge that your vote will stand a good chance of getting them elected.


When do I vote?

Polling stations will be open all day on Thursday May 3rd, and polls close at 10pm. The results will generally be released the following afternoon.

To find out where your local polling station is, click on the links below:






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