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7 September 2015

Stevenson Encourages 16 & 17 Year-olds to Get Registered

During the week of 7 - 11 September schools and colleges across Scotland will be helping 15-17 year old students register to vote by ‘taking time out to get #in’ during class time and local Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson is encouraging Scotland’s youngest new votes to get ready to register.

The Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Act 2015 enables 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland to vote at Scottish Parliamentary and local government elections.

Speaking on the Electoral Commission’s campaign, Stewart Stevenson said:

“The electoral Commission is running this campaign to encourage all schools and colleges across Scotland to hold a registration session during the week of 7-11 September.

“Schools participating in the ‘Time out to get #in‘ initiative will run registration sessions where teachers will help their 15 to 17 year old students register online during class time.

“The way in which our young adults engaged in the referendum was an inspiration which is why the age has been lowered now for other Scottish elections.

“I urge all 15 to 17 year olds to ensure they register either at session in their school or college or by independently visiting www.gov.uk/registertovote.”
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