Teen voters for referendum

BBC Newsnight broadcasting a special edition live from the Chain Bridge, debating the Scottish independence referendum.
BBC Newsnight broadcasting a special edition live from the Chain Bridge, debating the Scottish independence referendum.

Anyone aged sixteen on September 18 next year can now register to vote in the independence referendum.

Electoral Registration Officers (EROs) will be canvassing residents. As well as the usual household registration forms, residents will receive a ‘young voter form’ which allows them to collect and confirm details of everyone who will be 16 or 17 years old on the date of the referendum.

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 September 18, 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 also launched a radio and Facebook advertising campaign, and is working with various educational bodies.

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

“Teachers can play an important part in helping raise awareness.

“We’d encourage anyone else that works with young people to help spread the message by using the resources we’re making available at aboutmyvote.co.uk.”