Citation McLeod Little G (1996) Historical Introduction to Electoral Law. In: The Laws of Scotland: Stair Memorial Encyclopaedia Volume 15. [Obligations, Parliamentary and other elections].. LexisNexis/Law Society of Scotland, pp. 618-640.
Abstract Electoral law is a large and detailed body of statute and case law. Accordingly, this historical introduction can provide only a comparatively brief guide. Moreover, for reasons of space, it is necessary to focus on particular aspects of the law. Although there have been crucial developments in, for example, the conduct and supervision of elections, this introduction will concentrate on the development of the franchise for Scottish parliamentary and local government elections. The secret ballot and boundary changes are given separate consideration.