Register to Vote

To be able to vote in elections and referendums you need to be listed on the register of electors, used by the electoral registration office and returning officers for administration of elections and referendums.  Political parties, candidates for elections and public libraries also have access to the electoral register.

You only need to register once, unless you change your address, name or nationality or do not respond annually to the register canvass. You do not need to re-register for every election or poll.

Am I eligible to vote?

In Scotland,  to vote in Scottish Parliamentary and local government elections you must be; 

  • be registered to vote in the constituency (Moray);
  • be of voting age - 16 years old on polling day
  • all legally resident foreign nationals may register to vote
  • convicted prisoners who are detained and serving a sentence of 12 months or less may register to vote
  • not subject to any legal incapacity

You can register to vote at anytime, not just during and election from aged 14 or over. If you are under 16 years old you can't vote until you reach the voting ages noted above, your name is held on the register as an 'attainer'.

To qualify to be registered to vote in a UK Parliamentary election you must be;

  • be registered to vote in the constituency (Moray);
  • be of voting age – 18 years old on polling day;
  • be either a British, qualifying Commonwealth citizen or a citizen of the Republic of Ireland; 
  • not be subject to any legal incapacity to vote – Peers in the House of Lords, being a prisoner serving a prison sentence or committing certain electoral crimes

There are also special categories for armed forces voters, crown servants, people resident in the UK with no permanent address. Please contact the electoral registration office for more information.

Register to Vote

You can apply to register to vote online please visit You will need your National Insurance number to hand. The details you will have to provide are your name, address, national insurance number, nationality and age.

Register to Vote

You only need to register once, unless you change your address, name or nationality. You are not registered until you receive confirmation from the electoral registration office about your application.

An easy read step by step guide (PDF, 2Mb) is available on how to use this service.

Alternatively please call the electoral registration office on 01224 068400 during office hours for a registration form or use the online contact form at

Who maintains the register?

The electoral register is maintained by the electoral registration officer at the Grampian Valuation Joint Board (GVJB) who manage the register on behalf of the Returning Officers in Moray, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City. The register is not maintained by the Council. 

The electoral register contains details of everyone who has registered to vote and is published once a year and updated monthly. The electoral registration office is also responsible for applications for proxy and postal voting.

How do I change my details or register?

Forms to register to vote, to change your details, and applications for postal and proxy votes can be found here. Alternatively please contact the Electoral Registration Officer.

Where can I see the electoral register?

If you wish to view the electoral register it is available for consultation at the library or at the local electoral registration office. The register is not available to view electronically.

More information about electoral registers

More information about electoral registers and how they are used can be found at the following web links.

Contact Details

Electoral Registration Officer
Grampian Valuation Joint Board
Woodhill House, Westburn Road, Aberdeen, AB16 5GE
01224 068400
Online contact form at

Monday - Thursday - 9am to 5pm, Friday - 9am to 4pm 

For electoral registration officers in other parts of the country please visit the Electoral Commission website to find their details.

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