Polling Stations will be open for the Scottish Parliament elections on Thursday 6 May 2021 and will be following all public health advice with appropriate hygiene and physical distancing measures in place.
It is now too late to apply to vote by post in the Scottish Parliamentary election on 6 May 2021 (the deadline for such applications was 5.00pm on 6 April 2021).
It is also too late to appoint a proxy to vote on your behalf (other than in emergency situations as described below). The deadline for non emergency proxy applications was 5.00pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021.
Appointing an Emergency Proxy to Vote on your behalf:
After 5pm on Tuesday 27 April 2021 you may appoint an Emergency Proxy to vote on your behalf but only in the following circumstances:
- In the case of a disability (whether a medical condition, illness or otherwise) arising after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications
- If a person’s disability meant that they were unable, perhaps due to being unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate instructions in relation to apply for a proxy before the deadline for an ordinary proxy application; they may apply for an emergency proxy.
- If the person is a mental health patient detained under civil powers (i.e. those who are not detained offenders)
- If a person’s occupation, service or employment means that they cannot go to the polling station in person and they became aware of this fact after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications
- If a person becomes detained in a penal institution (to serve a sentence of 12 months or less)
- If a person cannot reasonably attend the polling station as a result of following Scottish Government advice or the advice of a registered medical practitioner in relation to coronavirus and they became aware of this fact after the deadline for ordinary proxy applications
*** Please note that if your appointed proxy cannot attend the polling station following Scottish Government advice or the advice of a registered medical practitioner in relation to coronavirus then you may appoint a new proxy provided the application is made before 5pm on Thursday 6 May 2021.***
If you have access to a printer, you can download an emergency proxy form directly from the Electoral Commission here.
If you do not have access to a printer please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01307 499910 for advice as to how to complete a proxy vote application.
Completing the Form
Please note that you will need to complete the form in BLACK ink and either return by post to the Electoral Registration Officer at the address listed below, or you can scan the completed form and send the image by email to email@example.com
Please return your completed emergency proxy vote application forms to:
Electoral Registration Officer
William Wallace House
Orchardbank Business Park
Forfar, DD8 1WH