Elections

When was the last Scottish Parliament election?

The most recent Scottish Parliament election was held on Thursday 5 May 2016. You can find the election results by region and constituency on the 2016 election results webpage.

When are the next Scottish Parliament elections?

Under the Scottish Parliament Elections (Dates) Act 2016, the next Scottish Parliament elections are scheduled to take place on 6 May 2021.

Who can vote in Scottish Parliament elections?

You can vote if you are:

  • aged 16 or over on the day of the election, and
  • a UK, Commonwealth or European Union citizen, and
  • resident at an address in Scotland, and
  • on the electoral register

How do I register to vote in Scottish Parliament elections?

You can register to vote:

  • online at gov.uk/register-to-vote, or
  • by contacting the Electoral Registration Officer (ERO) for your local area. You can find the ERO contact details using the postcode search on the About my vote website

Who and what am I voting for in Scottish Parliament elections?

The Scottish Parliament passes laws on devolved matters in Scotland. You are voting for the Members of the Scottish Parliament, or MSPs, who represent you and make decisions on devolved matters in Scotland. 

You have two votes: 

  • 1 vote for a constituency MSP
  • 1 vote to elect regional MSPs

You can find out how MSPs are elected in the fact sheet on the Scottish Parliament electoral system

A total of 129 MSPs were elected to the Scottish Parliament on 5 May 2016.

Other organisations

The Scottish Parliament is not responsible for organising or administering parliamentary elections.

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