All you need to know about voting by post

Scotland goes to the polls on Thursday 6 May 2021 to vote in one of the most important elections in history.

At stake is a choice of two futures, an inward looking, isolationist future with Boris Johnson or an outward looking, progressive and independent future chosen by the people of Scotland. The SNP’s position is clear, Scotland’s future must be Scotland’s choice.

This election will take place under extraordinary circumstances. The safest way to vote in the current circumstances is by post. Here’s everything you need to know about voting by post:

How does it work?

It’s vital to make sure you are register to vote in this election before applying for a postal vote, you can register to vote here.

Once you’ve registered we’ve created a handy tool on our website which lets you easily apply for a postal vote. Simply fill out your name and postcode then select your address from the dropdown menu (if you can’t see your address listed simply click ‘I need to enter my address manually’) click ‘get application form’ then print off and complete the form provided.

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

Once you’ve filled out your form simply post it to your local Electoral Registration Office.

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.

The deadline to apply for a postal vote for the election is 5pm on Tuesday 6 April.

A few days before the election on Thursday 6 May 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 has been disrespected time and time again. 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 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 — and register for a postal ballot here.