Referendums and by-elections
A referendum asks registered voters to give their opinion on an important question or set of questions.
Referendums can take place for questions in:
- Scotland, e.g should Scotland become an independent country?
- UK, e.g should the UK stay in or leave the European Union?
You can normally vote in the same way as you would for an election - at a polling station, by post or by proxy.
A by-election takes place when an elected person:
- is bankrupt
- sentenced to prison for more than 12 months
By-elections can happen for MSPs, MPs, MEPs and Councillors.
You can vote in the same way as you would for an election - at a polling station, by post or by proxy.