Lower voting age explained to Borders residents

Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360'Deputy First Minister to meet young people ahead of voting legislation debate. John Swinney MSP to visit Young Scot before a Holyrood debate on enabling 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in Scottish Parliament and council elections. Photocall. Please confirm attendance in advance with Chris Nabney. Young Scot HQ, 9 Rosebery House, Haymarket Terrace, EH12 5EZ.
Photographer Ian Georgeson, 07921 567360'Deputy First Minister to meet young people ahead of voting legislation debate. John Swinney MSP to visit Young Scot before a Holyrood debate on enabling 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in Scottish Parliament and council elections. Photocall. Please confirm attendance in advance with Chris Nabney. Young Scot HQ, 9 Rosebery House, Haymarket Terrace, EH12 5EZ.

Every household in the Borders will receive a form this week detailing who is registered to vote at that address after recent changes to the legal voting age.

The aim of the form is to ensure that the electoral register is up to date and to identify any residents who are not registered so that they can be encouraged to do so.

With the Scottish Parliamentary election taking place in May 2016, this is an opportunity for people to make sure that when the election takes place they will be able to vote.

The voting age for Scottish elections has been permanently lowered to 16. This means that 16- and 17-year-olds will be able to vote at Scottish Parliamentary and Local Government elections from May next year.

Mark Dickson, electoral registration officer at Scottish Borders Council, said: “Anyone that wants to vote must be registered. To make sure you are able to have your say at elections next year, simply check the form and respond as promptly as possible.

“If you’re not currently registered, we will send you information explaining how to do this or you can just go online to apply at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote. It only takes a few minutes. You will need to provide your date of birth and National Insurance number.”

Anyone who has any questions can contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 01835 825100 or email ero@scotborders.gov.uk