Guide

Elections and referendums

Last updated: 16 May 2017

Referendums and by-elections

Referendums

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.

By-elections

A by-election takes place when an elected person:

  • dies
  • resigns
  • 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.

Elections and referendums
Referendums and by-elections