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Elections and voting

Voting by post or proxy

This page provides information on how to vote by post and proxy.

Voting by post

Anyone who is on the Register of Electors can apply to vote by post. You can apply to the Electoral Registration Officer at any time to vote by post.

In advance of an election, a deadline for postal vote applications applies. Details of the deadline for applications are contained in the poll cards issued to electors.


Telephone applications are not accepted and you will be sent an application form which you must complete and return to the Electoral Registration Officer. The completed form must include your signature and date of birth. When you vote by post at an election you are required to complete a postal voting statement which you must sign and provide your date of birth . The signature and date of birth you provide on your postal voting statement are checked against those on your postal vote application form. This is a security measure designed to prevent fraud..

Anyone applying to be included in the Register of Electors can apply for a postal vote at the same time.

Cancelling a postal vote

If you already have a postal vote you can cancel it at any time by letting the Electoral Registration Officer know. You need to do this in writing.

In advance of an election, a deadline for the cancellation of a postal vote applies. Details of the deadline for cancellation are contained in the poll cards issued to electors.


Proxy voting

If you are unable to vote in person on polling day, and you do not want to vote by post, you can apply to the Electoral Registration Officer to appoint a proxy. If you appoint a proxy, that person will be able to vote on your behalf.


For further information on postal or proxy voting or to apply for or cancel a postal or proxy vote, contact the Electoral Registration Officer.

The Assessor and Electoral Registration Officer
Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board
The Robertson Centre
16 Glasgow Road

Telephone: 0300 300 0150
Website: Electoral Registration Officer

(Published by the Returning Officer for East Renfrewshire)

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