An introduction to elections
Argyll and Bute Council administers all local, national and European elections in the area. There are four standard types of elections:
- Local (Council)
- Scottish Parliamentary (Constituency and List)
- Parliamentary (Westminster) and
In addition to these, By-elections will be held if a Councillor, MP or MSP dies or resigns. Special Elections such as referendums are also held occasionally. Community Council Elections are run every four years with By-elections being held annually.
Upcoming Elections and Ballots
1st March 2018
26th April 2018
To take part in elections and referenda, you must be registered to vote.
You can find out more information about registering to vote, or check if you are already registered by calling the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 980 0470.
How to vote
In person - Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on polling day. As long as you are registered to vote, you will receive a poll card which will tell you where your polling station is.
Voting by post - Anyone can apply to vote by post, you do not need a special reason. You must be registered to vote, and need to fill in an application form (you can download one here - Postal vote application form - Argyll and Bute).
Proxy vote - In some cases it may be possible for you to apply for a proxy vote. This is when you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf. For more information about this, please contact the Electoral Registration Office on the number above, or follow this link to find out more - Find out more about proxy voting
More information: The About My Vote website provides a great deal of information about elections and voting. The Electoral Commission - an independent body which oversees elections - also has useful information for voters, candidates / agents, campaigners and electoral administrators available on the website.
5 October 2017
8 June 2017
4 May 2017
5 May 2016
|2 June 2016||Oban North and Lorn By-election|
|23 June 2016||Referendum on the European Union|
|10 November 2016||Community Council By-election|
|17 March 2017||Crofting Commission Elections|
- Argyll and Bute Council Elections
- Scottish Parliament Election - May 2016
- Scottish Government Elections - archive
- UK Parliamentary Elections
- European Parliamentary Elections
- Community Council Elections
- Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
- Crofting Commission Elections.
- Scottish Independence Referendum
- Community Council By-election - 10th November 2016
- Oban North and Lorn By-election - 2nd June 2016
- Oban North and Lorn By-election - 18th February 2016
- Community Council By-Elections - 8th October 2015
- Community Council By-Elections - 16th April 2015
- Oban South and the Isles By-Election
- Oban North By-Election - 17th July 2014
- Oban and North By-Election - 23rd October 2014
- South Kintyre By-Election - 11th December 2014
- Community Council by-elections 27th November 2014
If you have any queries please contact the Election Team who will be happy to help:
Argyll and Bute Council Election Office
Telephone: 01546 603264