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Electoral Statistics - Scotland 1st December 2012

Electoral Statistics - Scotland 1st December 2012

Commentary

Table 1 shows that between December 2011 and December 2012:

  • The number of UK Parliamentary electors in Scotland rose by 43,665 (1.1 per cent) to 3,985,257
  • The number of registered Local Government and Scottish Parliament electors in Scotland rose by 54,706 (1.4 per cent) to 4,063,206

Figure 1 shows the patterns in Scottish electorates since 2001. The local government and Scottish Parliamentary electorate has risen to its highest level since local government boundaries were revised in 1996. It also shows that, since the electorates were at their lowest point in December 2003, Scottish electorates have been rising year on year (with the exception of December 2009).

Figure 1: Scottish Electorates since 2001

Figure 1: Scottish Electorates since 2001

Table 2 shows that on 1st December 2012, the largest UK Parliamentary constituency in Scotland was Linlithgow and East Falkirk with 82,818 people registered to vote and the smallest was Na h-Eileanan an Iar with 22,064 people.

Since 2003, the Council area of Clackmannanshire has seen the largest percentage increase in the Local Government and Scottish Parliament electorate, increasing by 12.9 per cent (Table 3). The largest percentage decrease over the same period of time was in Dundee City with 1.9 per cent. 

The average number of electors in the 73 Scottish Parliamentary constituencies rose by around 750 between December 2011 and December 2012 and the largest and smallest constituencies were Linlithgow (68,222 electors) and Orkney Islands (16,950 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 11,510 electors (and 132 attainers), although the numbers vary widely according to the number of councillors representing the ward, and other local considerations. Local government elections were last held on 3 May 2012.

Note: the electorate for the Independence Referendum next year will be based on the Scottish Parliamentary electorate, with the addition of those who are registered and have reached the age of 16 on the day of the Referendum.

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