2021 Midlothian East by-election

Midlothian East by-election

A by-election will take place on Thursday 25 March in Ward 5 – Midlothian East – following the resignation of Councillor Kenneth Baird. 

Register to vote

You can register to vote online at the gov.uk website

Postal and proxy votes

Alternatively, you can also register to vote or apply for a postal or proxy vote by contacting the Electoral Registration Office at the Lothian Valuation Joint Board. A proxy vote is when you appoint someone you trust to cast your vote for you either in person or by post. You can contact the Electoral Registration Office at:


The registration deadline is Tuesday 9 March and the postal vote deadline is Wednesday10 March.

Candidates and agents

Voting safely

Measures will be in place to keep voters and staff safe at polling stations and the count. We will also be asking local people to follow FACTS guidance.

FACTS coronavirus use