Download the Elections and Referendum Booklet
On Thursday 5 May 2011, there will be:
an election to the Scottish Parliament, and
a UK-wide referendum on the voting
system you use to elect MPs to the House of Commons
Scottish Parliamentary election
The Scottish Parliament has powers to make
laws for Scotland on a range of areas including economic
development, education, health and law and order.
There are 129 elected Members of the Scottish
Parliament (MSPs). Seventy-three are constituency members, meaning
they represent one Scottish Parliament constituency. The other 56
are regional members, meaning they represent one of the eight
electoral regions of Scotland. Each electoral region includes a
number of constituencies.
If you live in Scotland, you are represented
by eight MSPs. One represents your Scottish Parliament constituency
and the other seven all represent your region.
For more about the Scottish Parliament, go to
How do I vote in the Scottish Parliamentary election?
You will receive two ballot papers like the
ones pictured below. There will be a lilac coloured ballot paper to
elect your constituency member and a peach coloured ballot paper to
elect your regional members.
Use this ballot paper to vote for a candidate
to represent your constituency. To vote, mark a cross (X) in the
box opposite the name of one candidate. The candidate with the most
Use this ballot paper to vote for a party or
individual candidate to represent your region. To vote, mark a
cross (X) in the box opposite the name of one party or individual
candidate. In each region, parties and individual candidates win
seats based on:
- the number of votes they receive in this regional ballot,
the number of constituency seats that parties win in the
Find out how
the votes are counted in Scotland
further information on the referendum on the voting system used to
The registration deadline for the
Scottish Parliament elections and the referendum is 15
Register to vote
You can view translations of the
information about the Scottish Parliament election here.