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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



 4 October 2018

Community Council by-elections


Polling District / Polling Station Review

We are currently carrying out a review of polling districts and polling places within the UK Parliamentary Constituency for the purposes of UK Parliamentary, Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government elections (as required by law), and we are looking for your views.

Find out more and take part in the consultation here

Information about voting

Are you registered to vote?
To take part in elections and referenda, you must be registered to vote. 
Register to vote now
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.

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 About My Vote website provides a great deal of information about elections and voting.  The Electoral Commission - an independent body which oversees elections - also has useful information for voters, candidates / agents, campaigners and electoral administrators available on the website.

Recent Elections and Ballots



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

2 June 2016Oban North and Lorn By-election
23 June 2016Referendum on the European Union
10 November 2016Community Council By-election
17 March 2017Crofting Commission 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

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