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Registering to vote

The Electoral Registration Officer produces the Register of Electors for the council. You must be on this to be able to vote in elections.

You can now register to vote online through the website (opens new window)- it only takes 5 minutes.

You can also register to vote over the telephone by contacting the Electoral Registration Office on 0131 344 2500 or you can download an application to register to vote here (opens new window)

Who is Eligible to Register?

You must: -

  • Be aged 14 or over.
  • Be a citizen who has the right to leave or remain in Scotland irrespective of your nationality.
  • Have no legal incapacity to vote.

You can read more about voting on the website here (opens new window)

How Can I Check If I Am Registered

The Electoral Register is available for inspection in CIS Offices, Libraries and West Lothian Civic Centre.  Alternatively you can phone the Electoral Registration Office on 0131 344 2500.

What is the Edited Electoral Register

Companies can buy an edited version of the Electoral Register.  You can choose not to appear in this register by ticking the relevant box on the application form. 

What do I do once I've registered?

Once you've registered voting is really easy.  If you want to vote at the polling station you will get a poll card which will tell you where to go to vote.

If you are unable to attend the polling station on the day of the election you can apply to vote by post.

Alternatively, you can nominate someone you trust to vote on your behalf by applying to vote by proxy.

You can read more on voting by post or proxy at the Electoral Registration Office website here (opens new window).