Ballot paper ordering at Scottish council elections


The Scottish Government asked us to assess the impact on voters of any changes to the ordering of candidates on ballot papers for Scottish council elections.

We carried out research with the public, and talked to organisations which represent disabled people to understand the potential implications of any proposed changes for voters. We also talked to the people who run elections, and to political parties, to understand how any changes may impact them.

We tested two approaches:

  • ordering candidates A to Z and then Z to A on alternating ballot papers
  • drawing the order of candidates by lot