Running electoral registration - Scotland

Reasons a proxy application may require a supporting attestation

Proxy applications for a definite or indefinite period require specific reasons and, in some cases, an attestation in support of the application is also required.1 These include:

  • applications for reasons of blindness or other disability (excluding those who are registered blind or severely sight impaired by the local authority or who are in receipt of the higher rate of the mobility component of the Personal Independence Payment) 
  • applications due to occupation, employment, service or attendance on a course

The National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) Regulations provide that an attestation from a medical professional in support of an application to vote by proxy due to disability must be provided free of charge.2  

Those having to make a journey by sea or air to get to their polling station do not require their application to be attested. You will be able to verify whether a journey by sea or air is required to get from the qualifying address to the relevant polling station from your own local knowledge. This provision only covers journeys from the qualifying address to the polling station, and not any such journeys required due to being temporarily absent from the qualifying address, such as being on holiday.

Last updated: 12 December 2023