Election 2021

The Scottish Parliament is in recess ahead of the election on 6 May.

Because of Covid-19, there are some changes to how the Parliament prepares for the election.

Find out more in our Election 2021 pages

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Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs)

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.


What usually happens at election time?

What's different this time round?

How to vote

A video on how to vote in the Scottish Parliament election

How to vote guide

How elections work

An educational guide on how elections work

An educational activity book on how elections work

Overview of the electoral system

Why vote?

A video on why people vote in the Scottish Parliament election

What does the Scottish Parliament do?

How Parliament works

A video on the powers of the Scottish Parliament

Who represents me?

What issues an MSP can help you with, and what other people who represent you do

A flyer about your representatives (PDF)

A video on the role of MSPs

Previous Scottish Parliament elections

Election results 1999-2016

Election 2016 results in detail


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