Scottish Parliamentary Elections 2021

Updated 31 March 2021

The following Notices of Poll have been published

The next Scottish Parliamentary elections are scheduled to take place on Thursday 6 May 2021.

If you want to cast your vote then you must be on the electoral register. Find out more about who is eligible to vote and how to register. Registering takes just five minutes and can be done on your phone. Don't miss out!

The deadline to apply for a proxy vote is 5pm on Tuesday 27 April but remember you must first be registered to vote. Voting by proxy means that if you aren't able to vote in person you can ask someone you trust to do it for you - they become your proxy. If they can't cast your vote in person they can apply for a postal proxy vote on your behalf but must do so by 5pm on Tuesday 6 April by contacting Find out more about proxy voting.

Polling places will be safe places to vote but there are other ways to vote. You can vote by post but must apply by 5pm on Tuesday 6 April 2021. To apply to vote by post, you need to download, print and fill in a postal vote application form.

Voter information is available in many formats including BSL, audio, braille and in other languages. Find out more.

Plan today so you can vote in May!

The Electoral Management Board for Scotland has a key role in delivering electoral events in Scotland. For this year's Scottish Parliamentary election, they are reviewing the impact the pandemic may have and are advising accordingly.