Referendum registration drive for 16 year olds

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Anyone who will be sixteen on September 18, 2014 can now register to vote in next year’s independence referendum.

Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) will be conducting a canvass of local residents ahead of the crucial poll.

As well as the usual household registration forms, people will receive a ‘young voter form’.

This will allow EROs to collect and confirm details of everyone who will be 16 or 17 years old on September 18 next year.

Electoral Commission Head of Scotland office, Andy O’Neill, said: “If you want to have your say at the referendum you need to be on the electoral register. Whoever completes the household registration form should also take the time to think about whether there’s anyone in the household who will be 16 or 17 on 18 September 2014 and if so put their details on the young voter form.”

To help increase awareness amongst 15 - 17 year olds that they may be eligible to vote at the referendum, the Electoral Commission has launched a radio and Facebook advertising campaign.

It has also been working with educational bodies including the Association of Directors in Education Scotland (ADES), Education Scotland and School Leaders Scotland to co-ordinate activity in schools.

Mr O’Neill said: “We’re supporting the work registration officers are doing locally by launching a campaign to raise awareness that anyone who will be sixteen on 18 September 2014 can register to vote.

“Teachers can play an important part in helping raise awareness and we’d encourage anyone else that works with young people to help spread the message by using the resources we’re making available at”