SNP welcomes young voters

Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast.
Stewart Stevenson, MSP for Banffshire and Buchan Coast.
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Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement that those over 16 are able to vote in next year’s referendum.

In the Referendum for Scottish Independence in 2014 young people between the ages of 16 and 17 will be eligible to vote for the first time.

Electoral registration officers have begun gathering information for the electoral roll which will be used for the referendum. In addition to the usual household registration forms, people will also be given young voter forms to allow details to be collected of those who will be eligible to vote come the day.

SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson said: “The opportunity for 16 and 17 year olds to participate in next year’s referendum is thanks to the progressive legislation passed by the Scottish Parliament.

“I encourage all young people to take part in Scotland’s future and vote in the upcoming Referendum.”

Local councillors had, in February, been asked how they felt about the voting age reducing. Troup councillor John Duncan had said: “I think it should be 18 for all elections. At 15/ 16 you have no idea of the open world. I wouldn’t like it to go ahead.”

Councillors Brian Topping and Charles Buchan, meanwhile, had no objections to the move.