Don't forget, you must be registered before you can vote.

On Thursday, May 6 residents in the Highlands & Western Isles can have their say on who represents them in the Scottish Parliament.

By John A. MacInnes
Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:46 pm
Updated Monday, 29th March 2021, 3:50 pm
Don't forget you can only vote if you're registered
Don't forget you can only vote if you're registered

In order to vote in the election, residents must be on the electoral register. With the deadline to register to vote fast approaching, the Highland & Western Isles Electoral Registration Officer is urging anyone who has not registered at their current address to make sure they are registered in time.

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Monday 19 April. It takes just five minutes to apply online at

The Scottish Parliament has powers to make laws for Scotland in a range of areas including health, education, housing, justice and the environment.

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Bill Gillies, Electoral Registration Officer for Highland & Western Isles said: “This is an opportunity to make your voice heard and have a say on who represents you on issues that directly affect your day-to-day. If you’re not registered by 19 April, you won’t be able to vote.”

Malcolm Burr, Constituency Returning Officer for Na h-Eileanan an Iar said:

“You can’t have your say in these important elections unless you are registered to vote. It’s quick and easy – it takes just five minutes online at”

“It doesn’t matter where you were born, if you are aged 16 or over and live in Scotland then you can now vote in the Scottish Parliament election. But only if you have registered to vote first.”

The deadline to apply for a postal vote is 5pm on 6 April, and for a proxy vote the deadline is 5pm on 27 April.

For information voters can visit