In order to vote in elections in Scotland you must be 'registered' to vote.
You can check that you are registered as an elector, find out more about ways to vote during elections (such as by post or by appointing a proxy to vote on your behalf), or get further advice by contacting the local Electoral Registration Office in Kirkwall:
Electoral Registration Officer (ERO)
8 Broad Street
Tel: 01856 876222
Fax: 01856 870949
E Mail: ERO
Over the autumn, all Orkney residents will receive a letter through the post with information about a change to the electoral registration system.
Individual Electoral Registration (IER), which came into effect on 19 September 2014, replaces the household registration system that has existed for almost a century – and had a requirement to register individually.
Orkney and Shetland Electoral Registration Officer will write to 35,000 people in the Northern Isles to inform them of the new arrangements.
Many of Orkney’s residents will automatically move onto the new electoral register. However, some will need to take action to join or remain on the register - which you can now do online for the first time.
If you have received an invitation to register you can do this by following the gov.uk link in the 'Related Sites' section of this page. Please note that you will require your National Insurance number and date of birth.