Don’t know if you’re registered to vote? Here’s how to get onto the Electoral Register.
In order to vote in elections, you must be recorded on the Electoral Register. Local Councils always send a letter to every household in the autumn each year in order to update the records, but you can also update your record at any time. However, changes do take some time to take effect, so, to be on the safe side, you must ensure you are registered at least one month before an election. Don’t leave it until the last minute!
British, Irish and Commonwealth citizens can vote in all elections in the UK, and, in addition, European Union citizens can vote in Local Authority, Scottish Parliament and European Parliament elections.
Students are entitled to be on the Electoral Register at both their termtime address and their home address, but can only vote in one location or the other.
The following websites provide information on registering to vote in detail:
- Lothian Electoral Register Joint Board: register here
- The Electoral Commission
Which Ward Am I In?
There are 17 council wards in Edinburgh, each electing 3 or 4 councillors.
You can use this search tool on the Edinburgh Council website to find out which ward you are in by simply typing in your postcode.