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ELECTION 2021: Two votes for every voter in Scottish Parliament election

By Alan Beresford

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VOTERS in the May 6 Scottish Parliament election will be asked to cast two votes to select new MSPs.

Before entering the voting booth, each voter will be presented with two ballot papers, one peach and the other lilac.

The lilac ballot paper is the one used to vote for the candidate you want to represent you in your local constituency. Vote for one candidate only by placing an X in the appropriate box.

The peach ballot paper is for to to choose which party or independent candidate you wish to represent your region. Again, select one option only and mark your choice with an 'X'.

Everyone is represented by a total of eight MSPs – one constituency and seven regional.

In all, the Scottish Parliament is comprises 129 MSPs, of whom 73 are constituency and 56 regional.

Regional MSPs are intended to ensure that the final numbers in parliament are more reflective of the votes cast for each party or candidate.

For more information about the Scottish Parliament, go to


Those voting in person will have from 7am to 10pm on Thursday, May 6 to cast their ballot.

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