Running electoral registration - Scotland

Determining proxy vote applications close to a poll

If an elector applying for a proxy vote close to the deadline for a poll fails the DWP check, their application can be determined using the exceptions or attestation process up to and including polling day. Whilst the processing of applications is the responsibility of the ERO, the RO is responsible for the issuing of proxy information. You should liaise with the RO (where you are not also the RO) to establish the latest practicable point for determination of applications and subsequent updates to polling station registers and absent voting lists.

Our guidance on communicating proxy appointments to polling station staff has more information on this.  

Whatever determination decision you make, you must write to the elector to notify them. Our guidance on confirming the outcome of proxy vote applications contains more information. 1

Last updated: 22 February 2024