Midlothian voters reminded of postal vote option ahead of Scottish Parliament election

With the Scottish Parliament election taking place on Thursday 6 May 2021, Returning Officer for the Midlothian area, Dr Grace Vickers is reminding voters they can apply for a postal vote.

Tuesday, 16th March 2021, 2:00 pm
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The deadline for new postal vote and postal proxy applications or to change an existing postal or postal proxy vote is April 6. A postal proxy vote is when you appoint someone you trust to vote by post on your behalf.

Applications for new proxy votes (not postal proxy or emergency proxy votes) must be made by 5pm on April 27. After that, applications for emergency proxies can be made online, and that will allow anyone following coronavirus regulations or guidance the chance to vote.

All these applications must be made to the Electoral Registration Officer at Lothian Valuation Joint Board website at www.lothian-vjb.gov.uk or by sending complete applications to 17A South Gyle Crescent, Edinburgh EH12 9FL or calling 0131 344 2500.

For those who prefer to vote in person, extra safety measures will be in place at polling stations to keep voters and staff as safe as possible during the current coronavirus pandemic.

Dr Vickers said: “Voters will be accustomed to many of the precautions already including wearing facing coverings, social-distancing, hand-sanitisers and one way systems.”

Local people have until April 19 to add their name to the electoral register if they want to vote in the Scottish Parliament election.

Registering to vote is quick and easy.You must now register as an individual and you can do so online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.

For more information on the Scottish Parliament Election visit www.midlothian.gov.uk/Election.