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Scotland (part of the United Kingdom)

Scotland

5,295,400 6

Population (as of Jan. 1, 2011)

Elections in our database

4,099,407 58.49%

Registered Voters (as of May 9, 2016)

Average Turnout

Name Official Name Type
Scottish Parliament Pàrlamaid na h-Alba Assembly

Description of government structure:

  • Chief of State: Queen ELIZABETH II
  • Head of Government: First Minister Nicola STURGEON
  • Assembly: Scotland (part of the United Kingdom) has a unicameral Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba) with 129 seats.

Description of electoral system:

  • The Queen is the hereditary head of state.
  • The First Minister is appointed by the monarch.
  • In the Scottish Parliament (Pàrlamaid na h-Alba), 73 members are elected by plurality vote in single-member constituencies to serve 4-year terms and 56 members are elected through a closed-list proportional representation system to serve 4-year terms.***

*** Seats in the proportional tier are allocated using the d'Hondt method. The 56 members elected by proportional representation are elected in 8 member regions, each electing 7 members.

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Elections

Election For Date Votes Registered Voters Turn Out
Scottish Parliament 1999-05-06 2,338,914 4,027,433 58.07%
Scottish Parliament 2003-05-01 1,928,333 3,877,603 49.73%
Scottish Parliament 2007-05-03 2,042,169 3,898,904 52.38%
Scottish Parliament 2011-05-05 1,997,720 3,950,626 50.57%
Referendum 2014-09-18 3,623,344 4,283,392 84.59%
Scottish Parliament 2016-05-05 2,279,153 4,099,407 55.6%

Voter Turnout