The Electoral Commission

The independent body which oversees elections and regulates political finance in the UK

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Scotland

On this page you will find information about our Scotland office and the work we do across Scotland.


Our response to Scottish Government’s consultation on prisoner voting

The Consultation on Prisoner Voting (December 2018) sets out the Scottish Government’s proposals to ensure compliance with the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) on the matter of prisoners voting in elections in Scotland.

Our response covers:

  • Enfranchisement based on length of sentence
  • Practicalities of prisoner voting
  • Example of an existing special category of elector – service voters

Read our full response to the Scottish Government's consultation on prisoner voting (HTML)


Our response to Scottish Government’s consultation on Electoral Reform

The Scottish Government's consultation asks a number of important questions about how we deliver our elections so that they are as accessible as possible for voters, provide a level playing field for candidates and, above all, continue to command public confidence in the results.

Our response covers:

  • How often elections should be held
  • Who runs elections and how they are run
  • Boundary reviews
  • Who can register and vote
  • Accessibility
  • Our recommendations on electoral administration and the regulation of campaigners

Read our full response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Electoral Reform (HTML)

Read our full response to the Scottish Government's consultation on Electoral Reform (PDF)


Our role

Our remit includes elections to the Scottish Parliament, UK Parliament and European Parliament. The Scottish Parliament is responsible for Scottish local government elections.

One of our key aims is to ensure that the views of Scottish stakeholders contribute to all aspects of our work. This ensures that distinctive Scottish procedures and practices are taken into account and reflected in Commission-wide activities.

We also act as a reference point for electors in Scotland. We are available to answer enquiries and requests for advice from the public and relevant organisations on electoral matters.


Contact us

The Electoral Commission
City Chambers
High Street
Edinburgh
EH1 1YJ

Tel: 0333 103 1928

infoscotland@electoralcommission.org.uk

Scotland