Register to vote
You need to be registered to vote in UK elections and referendums. Everyone who is registered to vote is listed on the electoral register.
To register to vote, you must:
- be resident in the electoral area
- be a British or Irish citizen, a qualifying foreign national or European Union citizen. In Scotland, to qualify a foreign citizen must be resident in Scotland and either have leave to enter or remain in the UK or not require such leave
- be 14 or over
- 16/17 year olds can vote at Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government elections
- you have to be 18 or over to vote at UK Parliamentary or European Parliamentary elections
- not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote
Other groups can register to vote in special circumstances:
- British citizens living abroad
- Members of the Armed Forces
- Crown servants or British Council employees
- Eligible voters with no fixed address
Annual canvass of electors
The Electoral Registration Officer is required by law to carry out a household canvass each year to find out who is eligible to vote at every address in Dumfries and Galloway. This year the canvass starts w/c 21st September.
When households receive their canvass communication it is essential that residents check the details to ensure they are correct and advise us of any changes as soon as possible. Some of the forms sent will require a response even if the information we hold is correct so please follow the instructions given.
All Foreign Nationals are now eligible to vote in Local Government and Scottish Parliamentary Elections providing they have leave to remain in Scotland.
The Reformed Canvass process allows the Electoral Registration Officer some flexibility in follow up activities to non-responding households. Whilst the requirement to make a personal canvass visit has not been removed, we will predominantly be making contact by telephone where we hold a telephone number. We are required by law to send reminder letters and make these calls so if you receive a form which indicates you need to respond even if the details are correct please do so promptly using our telephone or e-mail options to help reduce unnecessary postage costs.
If you would prefer to vote by post in future elections, please request a postal vote when responding to the form we send you. A postal vote application form will then be sent to you and all you need to do is complete and sign it and return it to us. You can then vote from home in future.
Register or tell us about a change
You can use an online service to register or update the details you registered:
You can also:
- Call 01387 260627
- Email email@example.com
Your details will be added to the electoral register . We use the register at elections and it can be used for things such as detecting fraud or calling you for jury service.
The electoral register can be viewed under supervision at:
- Municipal Chambers, Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, DG1 2AD
An extract of the full register, called the open or edited register, is also available for anyone to purchase. Your name and address are included in the open register unless you ask us to remove them. You can still vote if your details are removed.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and address if you want to opt out of the open register.