All you need to know about voting by post

Scotland goes to the polls on Thursday 12 December 2019 to vote in one of the most important elections of our time. This will be the first December general election since 1923 – it might be colder than usual, but if Scotland’s voice is to be heard it is absolutely vital that everyone gets out to vote.

If voting in December might be difficult for you or someone you know, or if you risk missing polling station opening hours, you might want to consider voting by post. Setting up a postal vote is a quick, secure and easy way to cast your ballot.

If you’re going to be abroad on election day, or have a medical issue, you can also choose to vote by proxy.

How does it work?

If you want to register for a postal vote you can get the forms here.

Alternatively, you can contact your local Electoral Registration Office and ask them to post a form to you.

When registering for a postal vote, you fill in a form with your name, address, date of birth and how long you want the postal vote for — just for one election, until a specified date, or permanently.

A few days before the election on Thursday 12 December you will receive your postal ballot — all you need to do is follow the instructions, fill out the ballot paper stick the supplied envelope in a post box.

Your local council will verify that all postal votes have been correctly filled out at a Postal Vote Opening Session. Agents from all registered political interests are invited to attend and observe these sessions, making sure that everything is fair and above board.

This is a safe and secure way to ensure your voice is heard.

However you do it, make sure you vote

The Westminster system has failed Scotland, and Scotland’s voice has been disregarded throughout the Brexit process. At this election we must make sure Scotland’s voice is heard loud and clear.

With so much at stake, this will be one of the most important elections in Scotland’s history. The SNP will put Scotland’s opposition to Brexit and our right to choose our own future as an independent nation at the heart of that contest.

Make sure you’re ready to vote — and ask your friends and family to do the same.

Register to vote today at registertovote.scot — or register for a postal ballot here.