The Scottish Government want to know if you think 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote in the Scottish referendum on independence in 2014.
On 25 January, the Scottish Government launched a consultation ‘Your Scotland, Your referendum’ to find out what people think the ballot paper for the Scottish referendum should say, and also who should be able to vote in this referendum. Question 7 is on votes at 16: “What are your views on extending the franchise to those aged 16 and 17 years who are eligible to be registered on the electoral register?”
What do you think? Take part in the online consultation here.
The Scottish National Party, the party in Government in Scotland who are a member of the Votes at 16 Coalition, have reiterated their commitment to votes at 16 and challenged other parties to support the policy too.
The Votes at 16 campaign has written to all party leaders in the UK asking if they support votes at 16 in the Scottish referendum, and will share the responses we receive in due course.
Ross, Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament and a Votes at 16 campaigner, has been working hard to encourage other young people to get involved in the consultation process and tell the Government that 16 and 17 year olds deserve to vote in the referendum. He told us:
“Opening the referendum up to a whole new generation would not only give them the democratic right to decide their future but it would also engage young people in politics far more enthusiastically than any election ever could.”
“I am asking youth groups, voluntary organisations, individual young people and supporters to respond to Question 7 of the consultation and to support the proposal that the right to vote be given to 16 and 17 year olds for this historic referendum.”