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Elections and referendums

Last updated: 29 September 2017

Scottish Parliament elections

When you vote in Scottish Parliament elections, you are voting for a Member of Scottish Parliament (MSP).

You must be aged 16 or over to vote in the Scottish Parliament elections.

There are 129 MSPs. Voters pick a local MSP in 73 areas, called 'constituencies'. Another 56 are elected as regional MSPs.

MSPs consider and propose new laws on issues controlled by the Scottish Parliament. These are called 'devolved matters'.

Elections and referendums
Scottish Parliament elections