East Ren backs campaign to get youngsters ready to vote
This article was first published on: 9 March 2017
East Renfrewshire Council is backing a national campaign to encourage young people to register to vote ahead of the Scottish council elections
The campaign, which is being run in partnership with education bodies and councils across Scotland, aims to ensure that as many 16 and 17 year olds as possible are registered and able to vote at the Scottish council elections on 4 May - the first Scotland wide council elections at which 16 and 17 year olds are eligible to vote.
Nearly 80,000 16 and 17 year olds registered to vote ahead of the Scottish Parliament election last year and 78 per cent of them claimed to have voted in the poll. The deadline to register ahead of the Scottish council elections in May is 17 April, Easter Monday.
Lorraine McMillan, East Renfrewshire's Returning Officer, said: "This is the first time that 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote in their local council elections, so it's important they register before the deadline on 17 April. Make sure you have your say on who is elected to East Renfrewshire Council and register online now."
Andy O'Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland, said: "Councils are responsible for so many services that are important to young people, whether that be schools, transport or sporting facilities. So we don't want young people to miss out on having their say in the council elections just because they aren't registered or don't know how to vote.
"Registering to vote is easy and only takes a few minutes online