Election 2021: general information
The Scottish Parliament election is on 6 May.
Anyone who is eligible to vote can choose who they want to represent them at the Scottish Parliament.
Everyone in Scotland is represented by 8 Members of the Scottish Parliament, or MSPs. One is a constituency MSP and the other 7 are regional MSPs. When you go to vote, you will receive two ballot papers. One is for you to choose your constituency MSP. The other is for you to choose a political party (or independent candidate) for your region.
The Scottish Parliament does not run elections. Instead, an independent body called The Electoral Commission does. For any questions about your
- right to vote
- where to go on election day, or
- how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect arrangements
Please get in touch with the Commission via their website.
For more general information about the election, see our list below.
How to vote
How elections work
A video on why people vote in the Scottish Parliament election (also available in BSL)
What does the Scottish Parliament do?
Who represents me?
Previous Scottish Parliament elections