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Elections and voting

How do I register to vote?

If you are eligible to vote you can register online.

The way you register to vote has changed

The head of a household was previously responsible for registering everyone who lives there.

From now on, people register as individuals instead, for the Individual Electoral Register. There is a new government system in place and you can now register online:

UK government website: Register to vote

Everyone has a responsibility for their own registration.

As well as your name and address, you will also need to provide your National Insurance Number and Date of Birth.

For further information, please telephone our electoral registration helpline on 0300 300 0150 or go to:

The Annual Canvass

You must be on the Register of Electors to vote. Each year the Electoral Registration Officer compiles the Register of Electors from information obtained either from a door-to-door survey of houses or from enquiry forms issued to householders. A new Register of Electors is compiled each year and is published on the first of December. The process of gathering information, called the annual canvass, normally begins around September.

What if my name does not appear on the Register of Electors?

You should contact the Electoral Registration Officer. The Electoral Registration Officer updates the Register of Electors each month so you can apply at any time to have your name placed on the Register of Electors. You can register online or be issued with a registration form which you must complete and return.

You can register to vote even if you are homeless or living in a hostel. You must:

  • Be aged 16 or over.
  • Be an EU national.
  • Have no "legal incapacity to vote".

Registration Deadline

In advance of an election, a deadline for applications to be included in the Register of Electors applies. 


What if I move house after the Register of Electors has been compiled?

You do not need to wait until the annual canvass to register at your new address. Simply contact the Electoral Registration Officer with details of your previous and new address, and the Electoral Registration Officer will take steps to ensure you are registered at your new address.

If you want more information about registering to vote, contact:

Electoral Registration Officer
The Robertson Centre
Glasgow Road
Paisley PA1 3QF
0300 300 0150

(Published by the Returning Officer for East Renfrewshire)

 The Electoral Commission has a website dedicated to answering all your voting queries:

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