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:

Annual Canvass of Electors 2023

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 17 July 2023 when the Electoral Registration Officer will issue to emails to those household for which an email address is held.

Paper communications will be issued in late July - mid August over a 6-week period.

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.

Where we hold an email address for a household, we will email the canvass communication in order to minimise postage costs.  If we do not have an email address, a paper form will be sent.

All emails require a response, however, some paper forms do not so please follow the instructions given.

If you receive a paper form which indicates that you do need to respond please do so promptly as we are required by law to send reminder letters and follow up with telephone calls or household visits to those who do not respond.

If you would prefer to vote by post in future elections, please request a postal vote when responding to the form or email 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 the Electoral Registration Officer, Dumfries and Galloway Council, Militia House, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2HR.

Register or tell us about a change

You can use an online service to register or update the details you registered:

Register to vote or update your details

You can also:

Your details

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:

  • Militia House, English Street, Dumfries, DG1 2HR.

To make an appointment please call 01387 260627 or email

In addition the electoral register may be viewed at the following locations.

  • Stranraer Library, North Strand Street, Stranraer DG9 7LD
  • Kirkcudbright Library, Daar Road Offices, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4PJ
  • Annan Library, Annan Town Hall, High Street, Annan DG12 6AQ

To make an appointment at any of these locations please call 030 33 33 3000 and select option 2.  Opening hours vary depending on the site.

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 with your full name and address if you want to opt out of the open register.

Page last updated: 20/07/2023
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