Electoral records are useful for tracking individuals over time and place because they were created on an annual basis. This database contains electoral registers listing names of voters for Perth and Kinross in Scotland.
Prior to 1832, the vast majority of the Scottish population did not have the right to vote. In 1832, the Scottish Reform Act of 1832 sought to level the playing field when it came to parliamentary representation and lowered the property threshold, enfranchising much more of the population. The 1832 act allowed owners or tenants of residences worth more than £10 the right to vote provided the appropriate poor rates and taxes had been paid for the previous year. Further reforms in 1868 and 1884 added even more voters to the voter rolls. By 1930, voting rights became universal in Scotland.
What You May Find in the RecordsElectoral registers may list an eligible voter’s name, address, occupation, qualifications for voting, and a place where the property that qualified a voter is located.
Most of these records were extracted using a new OCR indexing method, meaning that they were not transcribed. We encourage you to correct any errors you find in the data by going to the image and editing the name in the correction panel at the bottom of the page. The earlier handwritten records, however, have been transcribed. Please note that some of the earlier entries go over two pages, so please ensure that you click on the right-hand arrow to make sure you see both images.