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Electoral Statistics - Scotland 1st December 2019

Electoral Statistics - Scotland 1st December 2019

Last Update: 24 April 2020National Statistics Icon
Next Update: March 2021
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Key Findings

At 1 December 2019:

  • The total number of UK Parliament electors in Scotland was 3,988,600. This is an increase of 62,700 (1.6%) on the previous year.
  • The number of registered Scottish Parliament and Local Government electors also rose slightly, to 4,167,400. This is an increase of 61,500 (1.5%) on the previous year.
  • There were 73,800 young people aged 16 or 17 registered to vote at Scottish Parliament and Local Government elections, accounting for 1.8% of the total electorate. This is a decrease of 4,600 (5.9%) on the previous year.
  • Around 17% of the Scottish electorate was registered for postal voting at 1 December 2019. Over the last decade this proportion has generally increased; it was 11% in 2009.
  • There were 142,400 (non-UK) EU citizens registered to vote in Scottish Parliament and Local Government elections, an increase of 9,600 (7.2%) on the previous year and nearly three times higher than the 50,300 figure for 2009. This represented 3.4% of the total electorate in 2019 and is the highest recorded number of EU citizens registered to vote in Scotland.

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