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2 October 2013

Stevenson Welcomes Votes at 16 Registration for Referendum

SNP Banffshire & Buchan 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 everyone who will be aged 16 and 17 on referendum day.

Welcoming the news, 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.

“With a Yes vote in next year’s referendum 16 and 17 year olds will for the first time have the opportunity to get involved in the democratic process and have a say in how their country is governed."
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