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An introduction to elections

Argyll and Bute Council administers all local and national elections in the area. There are three standard types of elections:

  • Local (Council)
  • Scottish Parliamentary (Constituency and List)
  • Parliamentary (Westminster)

In addition to these, By-elections will be held if a Councillor, MP or MSP dies or resigns. Special Elections such as referendums are also held occasionally. Community Council Elections are run every four years with By-elections being held every 2 years.

Upcoming Elections and Ballots



12 December 2019

UK Parliamentary Election

24 October 2019

Community Council By-elections


Polling District / Polling Station Review

6 May 2021

Scottish Parliament Election

5 May 2022 

Scottish Local Government Elections

Information about voting

Are you registered to vote?
To take part in elections and referenda, you must be registered to vote.
The deadline for registering to vote in the UK General Election on 12th December was 11.59pm on 26th November 2019
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You can find out more information about registering to vote, or check if you are already registered by calling the Electoral Registration Office on 0800 980 0470.

Postal votes – UK General Election 12th December

If you are due to be away on Polling Day or want to ensure that winter weather does not stop you from using your vote, you can apply for a postal vote.

The deadline for applications was Tuesday 26th November 2019.

Postal voting packs for overseas voters are due to be issued on Monday 25th November.

The first phase of UK postal voting packs will be issued on Wednesday 27th November for all applications received before 14th November. The second and final issue of postal voting packs takes place on Tuesday 3rd December for all other applications received before the deadline of Tuesday 26th November.

You can also nominate someone else to cast your postal vote for you by applying for a postal proxy vote. You may also want to make changes to a postal or proxy vote application. The deadline for both applications and amendments was again Tuesday 26th November.  

The final deadline for proxy vote applications (where you nominate someone else to attend at the polling station to cast your vote on your behalf) was Wednesday 4th December 2019.

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UK Parliamentary Elections, 12th December 2019 – changes to polling stations

For the forthcoming UK Parliamentary Election on 12th December 2019, it has been necessary to make a small number of changes to polling stations. While this is avoided if at all possible the timescales and other factors mean that some changes have been essential. Please see below for details.  To avoid any doubt about where you are due to vote, always check your polling card or check online here.

Bridge of Orchy

The polling station for this election will be Bridge of Orchy Hall.


Tayvallich Church will be the polling station for this election.


Bunessan, Isle of Mull

Bunessan Primary School’s Pre-Five Unit will be the polling station for this election.



The polling station for this election will be the Loch Lomond Arms Hotel



Drumfork Centre will replace the Naval Families Centre as the polling station for relevant voters in this election. 

Dance Studio at Hermitage Academy will replace Colgrain Primary School as the polling station for appropriate voters for this election.

How to vote

In person - Polling stations are open from 7am until 10pm on polling day.  As long as you are registered to vote, you will receive a poll card which will tell you where your polling station is.

Voting by post - Anyone can apply to vote by post, you do not need a special reason.  You must be registered to vote, and need to fill in an application form (you can download one here - Postal vote application form - Argyll and Bute).

Proxy vote - In some cases it may be possible for you to apply for a proxy vote.  This is when you appoint someone you trust to vote on your behalf.  For more information about this, please contact the Electoral Registration Office on the number above, or follow this link to find out more - Find out more about proxy voting

More information:  The Electoral Commission - an independent body which oversees elections - has useful information for voters, candidates / agents, campaigners and electoral administrators available on the website.

Recent Elections and Ballots



23rd May 2019

European Election

4th October 2018

Community Council by-elections

28th June 2018

Community Council By-Elections

26th April 2018

Community Council Elections

1st March 2018

Dunoon Business Improvement District (BID) Renewal

5 October 2017

BID4 Oban Ballot

8 June 2017

UK Parliamentary Elections

4 May 2017

Scottish Local Government Elections

5 May 2016

Scottish Parliamentary Elections


Recent by-elections

Contact the Election Office

If you have any queries please contact the Election Team who will be happy to help:

Argyll and Bute Council Election Office
PA31 8RT

Telephone: 01546 603264
Email: Elections@argyll-bute.gov.uk

Your personal data

The election office provide a number of services to a range of people and in some cases they rely on us collecting and using information about individuals. Everything we do with that information has to comply with data protection legislation. Below follows information on our data protection practices through a series of privacy notices relevant to a number of parties. These notices are used to inform you of details about the type of information we collect, why we collect it, what we use if for, who we share it with and what rights you have about the information we hold about you.

Access to Elected Office Fund

This fund offers financial assistance to disabled people who are seeking selection or have already been selected to stand in Local Authority and Scottish Parliament Elections, including by-elections.  The Fund is administered by Inclusion Scotland and pays for practical support to allow disabled people to fully participate in the electoral process. Further information is available on the Inclusion Scotland website