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Electoral Statistics - Scotland 1st December 2011

Electoral Statistics - Scotland 1st December 2011

Commentary

Table 1 shows that between December 2010 and December 2011:

  • The number of UK Parliamentary electors in Scotland rose by 12,613 (0.3 per cent) to 3,941,592.
  • The number of registered Local Government and Scottish Parliament electors in Scotland rose by 23,250 (0.6 per cent) to 4,008,411.

Figure 1 shows the patterns in Scottish electorates since 2001. The local government and Scottish Parliamentary electorate has returned to the levels of 2001. It also shows that, since the electorates were at their lowest point in December 2003, Scottish electorates have been rising year on year (excepting December 2009). The developing gap between the UK Government electorate and the local government and Scottish Parliamentary electorates is mainly due to the increasing number of non-UK European Union (EU) residents who are eligible to be on the Register. This corresponds to the increased numbers of migrants from the Accession Countries of Eastern Europe. This is further illustrated in Figure 2.

Figure 1: Scottish electorates since 2001

Figure 1: Scottish electorates since 2001

Figure 2: Non-UK EU citizens eligible to vote in local government and Scottish Parliament elections, since 2001

Figure 2: Non-UK EU citizens eligible to vote in local government and Scottish Parliament elections, since 2001

Further information on the number of non-UK EU citizens resident in Scotland is given in the latest Population by country of birth and nationality publication available on the Office for National Statistics (ONS) website.

Table 2 shows that on 1st December 2011, the largest UK Parliamentary constituency in Scotland was Linlithgow and East Falkirk with 80,693 people registered to vote and the smallest was Na h-Eileanan an Iar with 21,985 people.

Since 2003, the Council area of Aberdeenshire has seen the largest percentage increase in the Local Government and Scottish Parliament electorate, increasing by 8.4% (Table 3). The largest percentage decrease over the same period of time was in West Dunbartonshire with 2.9%. 

The average number of electors in the 73 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies rose by around 300 between December 2010 and December 2011 and the largest and smallest constituencies were Linlithgow (65,616 electors) and Orkney Islands (16,780 electors) respectively. (Table 4 and Table 5).

Table 6 shows the electorates in the 353 wards in Scotland by Council area. The average Electoral Ward in Scotland had 11,355 electors (and 126 attainers), although the numbers vary widely according to the number of councillors representing the ward, and other local considerations. Local Government elections are due to be held on 3 May 2012.

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