An introduction to elections
Argyll and Bute Council administers all local and national elections in the area. There are three standard types of elections:
- Local (Council)
- Scottish Parliamentary (Constituency and List)
- Parliamentary (Westminster)
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 every 2 years.
Upcoming Elections and Ballots
12 December 2019
24 October 2019
|6 May 2021|
Scottish Parliament Election
|5 May 2022|
Scottish Local Government Elections
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.
Postal votes – UK General Election 12th December
If you are due to be away on Polling Day or want to ensure that winter weather does not stop you from using your vote, you can apply for a postal vote.
The deadline for applications is Tuesday 26th November 2019.
Postal voting packs for overseas voters are due to be issued on Wednesday 25th November.
The first phase of UK postal voting packs will be issued on Friday 27th November for all applications received before 14th November. The second and final issue of postal voting packs takes place on Tuesday 3rd December for all other applications received before the deadline of Tuesday 26th November.
You can also nominate someone else to cast your postal vote for you by applying for a postal proxy vote. You may also want to make changes to a postal or proxy vote application. The deadline for both applications and amendments is again Tuesday 26th November.
The final deadline for proxy vote applications (where you nominate someone else to attend at the polling station to cast your vote on your behalf) is Wednesday 4th December 2019.
For the forthcoming UK Parliamentary Election on 12th December 2019, it has been necessary to make a small number of changes to polling stations. While this is avoided if at all possible the timescales and other factors mean that some changes have been essential. Please see below for details. To avoid any doubt about where you are due to vote, always check your polling card or check online here.
Bridge of Orchy
The polling station for this election will be Bridge of Orchy Hall.
Tayvallich Church will be the polling station for this election.
Bunessan, Isle of Mull
Bunessan Primary School’s Pre-Five Unit will be the polling station for this election.
The polling station for this election will be the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel
Drumfork Centre will replace the Naval Families Centre as the polling station for relevant voters in this election.
Dance Studio at Hermitage Academy will replace Colgrain Primary School as the polling station for appropriate voters for this election.
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 Electoral Commission - an independent body which oversees elections - has useful information for voters, candidates / agents, campaigners and electoral administrators available on the website.
|23rd May 2019|
4th October 2018
28th June 2018
|26th April 2018|
|1st March 2018|
5 October 2017
8 June 2017
4 May 2017
5 May 2016
- Argyll and Bute Council Elections
- Scottish Parliament Elections
- UK Parliamentary Elections
- European Parliamentary Elections
- Community Council Election and By-Election results
- Business Improvement Districts (BIDs)
- Crofting Commission Elections
- Scottish Independence Referendum
- Referendum on the European Union
- Oban North and Lorn By-election - 2nd June 2016
- Oban North and Lorn By-election - 18th February 2016
- 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
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
Your personal data
The election office provide a number of services to a range of people and in some cases they rely on us collecting and using information about individuals. Everything we do with that information has to comply with data protection legislation. Below follows information on our data protection practices through a series of privacy notices relevant to a number of parties. These notices are used to inform you of details about the type of information we collect, why we collect it, what we use if for, who we share it with and what rights you have about the information we hold about you.
- Privacy notice - Elections - candidates and agents
- Privacy notice - Polling Station Contacts
- Privacy notice - Electors
- Privacy notice - Election staff
This fund offers financial assistance to disabled people who are seeking selection or have already been selected to stand in Local Authority and Scottish Parliament Elections, including by-elections. The Fund is administered by Inclusion Scotland and pays for practical support to allow disabled people to fully participate in the electoral process. Further information is available on the Inclusion Scotland website