Elections 2021: What is voter turnout like in Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale?

With voters choosing a new parliament on May 6, we've taken a look at what voter turnout was like across Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale five years ago.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 10:19 am
A large rise in postal voting is expected for this year's Scottish elections, due to the pandemic.

Electoral Commission data shows that at the last Scottish parliament election in 2016, 60,200 people in the constituency were eligible to vote, with 35,600 of them returning valid ballot papers.

That was a turnout of 59.1 per cent, which was higher than the Scotland average of 55.6 per cent.

Around 7,300 postal votes were included in the count, while 156 votes were rejected, which can occur if a paper is not marked properly or has been spoiled. Including rejected votes, the ballot box turnout in Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale that year was 59.4 per cent.