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    Registering to Vote


    To vote in an election or referendum, you must be on the electoral register. Eligibility criteria will apply to each type of election but if you are not registered, you will be unable to vote.

    Changes to voter registration

    A new process for voter registration was introduced in Scotland on 19 September 2014. Each person is now required to register to vote individually, rather than by household.

    If you’re currently registered to vote, there’s no need for you to do anything at this time. The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) will write out to all current electors during October 2014 to advise whether details have been confirmed or if there is a need for a new application to remain registered.

    How to register to vote

    You are now required to register on an individual basis and provide personal identifiers. You will need to provide information such as your date of birth and National Insurance number.


    You can register online.


    You can contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01292 612221 to complete your registration by telephone or to request a registration form.

    Who can register?

    To be eligible to register to vote you must be:

    • a British or qualifying Commonwealth citizen (Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave)
    • a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or other European Union (EU) member state

    Postal voting

    If voting in person at your local polling station is not convenient for you, you can choose to vote by post.

    You can apply for a postal vote by downloading the postal vote application form from the About My Vote website and returning it to the Electoral Registration Officer.

    Alternatively, you can call the Electoral Registration Officer.

    Proxy voting

    Proxy voting means that if you aren’t able to cast your vote in person, you can have someone you trust cast your vote for you.

    You can apply for a proxy vote by visiting the About My Vote website and downloading the appropriate form and returning it to
    the Electoral Registration Officer.

    Alternatively, you can call the Electoral Registration Officer.

    Further Information

    All enquiries about registering to vote, including voting by post or by proxy, must be directed to the ERO.

    The Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) is an official appointed by the local authority to prepare and maintain the Register of Electors. The ERO is appointed by North Ayrshire Council, East Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council.

    Contact the Electoral Registration Officer

    9 Wellington Square


    KA7 1HL

    Tel: (01292) 612221

    Email: ero@ayrshire-vjb.gov.uk