16 and 17 year olds get the right to vote in Scotland

News, Young Cab — By on August 21, 2015 2:56 pm

PollingThe minimum voting age for Scottish Parliament and local government elections in Scotland is being lowered from 18 years to 16 years from April 2016.

This means that 16 and 17 year olds will be eligible to vote in the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections. A new voter must register in order to vote. In Scotland, a young person can now register to vote if they are 15 years old or over (and in some cases 14 years old) and can register online at gov.uk/register-to-vote. 

The voting age for UK General elections and European elections remains 18 and over.

More information about registering to vote can be found on the Electoral Commission’s website at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk.


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