The next Scottish Parliament will be elected on Thursday the 6th of May. Everyone aged 16 or over who lives in Scotland can vote, regardless of their nationality.
If you are not yet registered to vote, you can do so until the 19th of April, here: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote , or by phoning the Lothian Electoral Registration Office on 0131 344 2500. People with no fixed address can also register to vote by calling this number.
Polling stations will be Covid-safe, but if you prefer to vote by post, you can apply for a postal vote until the 6th of April. Alternatively, you can appoint a friend or relative to vote on your behalf (a 'proxy vote'); the normal deadline for that is the 27th of April. To apply for a postal or proxy vote, you need to complete a form and return it by post. The forms can be downloaded at www.lothian-vjb.gov.uk/electoral-forms/.
After the 27th of April, if you have a medical emergency or find you cannot go to the polling station because of work service reasons, you can apply for a proxy vote until 5 p.m. on the day of the election, the 6th of May. To arrange this, call the Electoral Registration Office on 0131 344 2500.
Further information can be found at www.lothian-vjb.gov.uk/absent-voting/