To be able to vote at elections your name must be on the electoral register.
Everybody who is:
- Resident in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire or Moray,
- A British, Commonwealth, Irish or European Union citizen, &
- Aged 14 or over*
may apply to have their name added to the electoral register at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you do not have internet access, we can take your details over the telephone and get you registered. Our office contact details are provided at the foot of this page.
*You need to be 15 years old by 30 November 2019 and can vote in Scottish Parliament and local government elections as soon as you are 16 years old. Once you are 18 you can vote in European and Westminster Parliamentary elections if you are a British or Commonwealth citizen. If you are not a British or Commonwealth citizen you are not entitled to vote in Westminster Parliamentary elections.
Canvass 2018 - Household Enquiry Forms
The 2018 annual canvass commenced on 2 July and continues beyond the publication of the revised registers on 1 December 2018. During the canvass period of 2 July to 30 November households received a household enquiry form that sets out who is currently registered and invites a householder to update the information.
We issued these forms to over 276,000 households in the Grampian area and encouraged householders to respond using our automated response services.
Automated responses help us to keep our costs down which means we need less funding from the public purse. Each online response saves 21p and each text or phone response saves 15p when compared to posting the completed form back to us. 105,000 households used our automated response services in 2018, 10,000 more than used our automated response services in 2017.
Households must respond to these forms as failure to do so may result in a £1,000 fine. The law requires EROs to issue these forms annually and follow up all non-returns with two reminders and a visit to the property concerned.
The form is similar to that issued in the years 2015, 2016 and 2017 but differs from the traditional canvass form that households in Grampian used to receive. The design is fixed by law and whilst households are required to respond with the information requested, a new further step is now required before any new elector is added to the register.
Once households have responded with the information requested any new resident who is eligible to register should go online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and complete the registration process. If they do not register themselves online, we will send them a separate registration form that can be completed and posted back to us.
If you contact us to tell us that someone is no longer resident at your address Thank you for providing the information. The law now requires Electoral Registration Officers to obtain two pieces of evidence that someone has moved out before they delete somebody from the electoral register.
If we cannot find a second piece of evidence from checking other records, we are obliged to write to the person who has moved out and carry out a formal review of their registration. You may therefore receive mail addressed to the person who has moved out. If so, please accept our apologies in advance, and return the mail unopened direct to the sender. We realise that this appears to be rather inefficient, but the law requires this procedure to be followed through. We are also required to issue a formal notice by mail once we have deleted an elector.
If you receive an email or letter that asks you to register to vote please register online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
If you do not have online access you can telephone us and we can take your details over the phone alternatively a paper form can be completed.
The law requires Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) to point out that if you are over 16 you could receive an £80 fine if you do not provide the details when requested. The law also requires us to send you two reminders and have a call made to your house before considering whether to impose a fine.
Please respond as soon as possible by going online or phoning/completing the form. If you need help with re-registering or you do not think you should register to vote, due to your nationality, the fact that you reside elsewhere or for personal safety reasons, please contact us immediately. Fines for non-returns will only be imposed as a last resort after individual consideration and only apply to over 16 year olds.
This is available at www.gov.uk/yourvotematters
Click for more details about electoral registration in Grampian.
Click here to download postal or proxy vote application forms. You can apply to be exempt from providing a signature if you are not able to provide a consistent signature but want to vote by post or proxy. Select the appropriate ‘signature waiver’ application forms.
Whilst we maintain the electoral register, the Returning Officers for Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Moray use the register to carry out any elections in the North East of Scotland. Click on the appropriate button to visit the Returning Officers websites