Voting systems in the UK - Commons Library Standard Note

Published 11 December 2014 | Standard notes SN04458

Authors: David Foster

Topic: Elections, Electoral systems, General elections

Before 1997 all elections in the UK, with the exception of Northern Ireland, used the same voting system. However, since 1997 a number of different voting systems have come to be used.

This Standard Note provides brief details of the different voting systems currently used in the United Kingdom. It also notes recent developments relating to voting systems in the UK and provides information about previous government reviews into voting systems. The final section gives details of the voting systems used in selected overseas countries.

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