Orkney Islands Council
Working together for a better Orkney

Ways to Vote

There are several different ways Orkney voters can cast their ballot at an Election or Referendum.

The first step is to ensure you are correctly registered to vote - so if you have moved or can't remember receiving and/or returning your annual canvass form, then you should contact the Orkney Electoral Registration Office, 8 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX.

Vote in Person

Vote in person at your local polling station. Polling stations open at 07:00 and will close at 22:00. Polling stations will be advertised in the local press and made available via this website.

Postal Vote

Use a postal vote. If you are away or cannot go to the polling station you can apply to vote by post. Application forms are available from the Orkney Electoral Registration Office at 8 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney.

Proxy Vote

Apply to vote by proxy. This means someone else can vote on your behalf. If you appoint a proxy, you can vote if you wish, but only if your proxy has not already voted on your behalf and has not got a postal vote for you.

The deadlines for any of the above are publicised on the appropriate Election page on this website whenever an Election or Referendum is announced.

Further information

Contact the Orkney Electoral Registration Office at 8 Broad Street, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NX (adjacent to the St Magnus Cathedral).

Telephone: 01856876222.

Fax: 01856870949.

Email: ero@orkney.gov.uk