The Crofting Commission regulates
and promotes the interests of crofting in Scotland
to secure the future of crofting.

Election FAQs

To vote, a person's name needs to be in the Register of Crofts and/or the Crofting Register by 6th of January 2022, subject to a small number of exceptions set out in the relevant regulations. 

The eligibility criteria are set out in regulations. They include: 

  1. Your name must be in the Register of Crofts and/or the Crofting Register on 6th January 2022
  2. You must be 16 years or over on 6th January 2022
  3. You do not get a vote if the Commission has determined that you are in a current breach of duties.

No, you may only have one vote. You will be allocated a vote based on where your home address is.

All voting will be carried out via the post. Please use the return envelope in the pack. 

The elections will be run on the Alternative Vote system. You choose your candidates in order of preference, placing a 1 beside your first preference and so on. You can vote for as many, or as few, candidates as you wish.

Voting packs will be issued by 3rd March 2022 and all votes must be received by the 17th of March 2022. 

Unfortunately, there is currently no facility to vote online or by telephone.

Voting is not compulsory.  There are no consequences for you if you choose not to vote.

Instructions on the voting procedure will be included in the voting pack.

You can apply for a proxy vote, provided you contact the Crofing Commission before the 27th January 2022. Please contact the Crofting Commission on

On 6 January 2022, a proxy must be aged 16 years or over and resident at an address in the UK.  Additionally a person may not vote as proxy for more than 2 electors and must be “authorised in writing by that elector”.

You can apply for a proxy vote by contacting the Crofting Commission at before January 27th 2022.

Please contact the Crofting Commission before the deadline of the 27th January 2022 at

You can apply for an absent vote by contacting the Crofting Commission at before 27 January 2022.

To ensure that the elections are transparent and fair each ballot paper will be numbered. This will mean that each paper can only be counted once.

You cannot hand deliver a postal vote. All ballot papers must be submitted via the pre-paid enevelope, which you will be provided with and sent in the post

No, all ballots received after the 17th of March 2022 will not be counted.

The ballot package will include - a ballot paper (with unique code); a Postal Voting Statement (with voter's name & address); an 'A envelope' into which the voter places the ballot paper; a return 'B envelope' into which the voter places the 'A envelope' for return by post to the RO; a voter information sheet; Candidate statements; other enclosures as necessary

Ballot papers have unique codes on each one. Duplicate papers will not be counted. 

Ballots will be counted on the 18th of March 2022 and all the results will be available on the 18th of March 2022.

No, confirmation will not be sent to each individual crofter to tell them that their ballot has been received.

No, ballots will only be counted on the day of the count to ensure that the process is open and accountable.

Candidates and counting agents will be able to witness the count. It is planned to host the count in Inverness.

Covid-19 safety measures will be in place at the count.

Candidates will be able to send a statement to you with your ballot paper. 

That candidate will be declared the uncontested winner of the election in that area.

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