Register to vote

If you want to have your say at an election in the UK, you must be registered to vote. You must be at least 16 years old to vote in the Scottish Parliament election, and at least 18 years old for all other elections. From 5 May 2016, the voting age for local government elections in Scotland will drop to 16.

If you are 15, 16 or 17 years old, you can register to vote now, and you will then be entitled to vote once you turn the appropriate age for the relevant election.

Everyone must now register to vote individually (this is known as individual electoral registration) and you can do this in a couple of minutes online at You’ll be asked for your National Insurance number (but you can still register if you do not have one).

To check if you are already on the electoral register, complete your voter registration over the phone or to request a registration form, contact the Electoral Registration Office on 01292 612221 or at 9 Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1HL. Please remember, you will need to provide your national insurance number and date of birth to complete the registration process.

If you'd prefer to download a form and fill it in by hand, you can do that too. Find registration forms on the website.

The full register is held at the Electoral Registration Office, with copies also available for inspection at main Council offices and local libraries.