Running electoral registration - Scotland

Annual check-ins with overseas electors

You may choose to conduct an annual check-in during year one and year two of the overseas electors’ registration period to ensure that their contact details remain correct.

Providing them with such an opportunity to update their contact details, can help to mitigate against the risk that you may not be able to contact the electors if an election is called.

If as part of this check in process, an overseas elector indicates to you that their correspondence address has changed you may update the overseas electors list to reflect the change. You are not required to publish a notice of alteration if you update the overseas electors list based on a change to an elector’s correspondence address.

If as part of this check in process, an overseas elector indicates to you that their name has changed, you should advise them to complete a change of name request form and provide documentary evidence if required.  Our guidance on Processing a change to an elector’s name | Electoral Commission has more information.

If the elector has an absent vote arrangement, you should make them aware that they will also need to update the details on their absent vote record and advise them on how they can do this.
 

Last updated: 26 February 2024