Running electoral registration - Scotland

Anonymous registration

Anonymous registration

Anonymous registration is available to electors whose safety would be at risk if their name or address were listed on the electoral register. Other persons in the same household also qualify to register as anonymous electors and may also apply for anonymous registration if they wish.1

You should consider which establishments or properties, such as refuges, should receive anonymous registration forms and additional information as part of your duty to maintain the register. Registration application forms could be sent with a note explaining what anonymous registration is and how people can apply.

In partnership with Women’s Aid we have produced a guide to anonymous registration for professionals working with survivors of domestic violence.

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The guide, which may also be useful to you and your staff, explains what anonymous registration is and that an applicant’s name and address details will be kept securely and will not be searchable on the electoral register. The guide also outlines how to apply for anonymous registration.

There may be circumstances where a returned canvass communication may include a note from a potential elector with a reason that may satisfy the requirements for anonymous registration. An anonymous registration application should then be sent and the person told that others in the household may also be entitled to register anonymously.

Combining anonymous registration with other special category elector entitlement

Anonymous registration does not affect any other special category elector entitlement and can be combined. For example, a person may be an anonymous elector with a local connection or an anonymous service voter, or an anonymous overseas voter if they meet the qualification for both registrations.

Last updated: 11 August 2021