SNP candidate for Caithness, Sutherland & Ross in the upcoming Scottish Parliament elections, Maree Todd (pictured) is urging young Scots to join the electoral register to have their say on Scotland’s future.
As of 2 March 2020, the electoral register for Scottish Parliament and local government elections included 73,100 people aged 16 or 17 years old, 1.7% of the total electorate.
This represents an increase of 26,500 people compared with the number registered on 12 December 2019, the date of the last General Election.
Maree Todd said:
“It’s encouraging to see that there has been a rise in the number of young Scots on the electoral register since the 2019 General Election.
“The Holyrood election in May will be the most pivotal election of our lifetime with its outcome having the biggest impact on young people.
“The issue at the very heart of this election will be Scotland’s right to choose.
“It is for the people of Scotland to decide what sort of country we should be after this pandemic, not for Boris Johnson and his cronies in Westminster.
“We cannot let a government that we didn’t vote for continue to take us on the wrong path with a disastrous Brexit and a record of austerity that has damaged our vital public services
“The SNP is determined to build a better, fairer country and put Scotland’s future firmly in Scotland’s hands.
“But, young Scots must have their say.
“By making it both votes SNP on the 6 May, you’re voting for Scotland’s right to choose.
“I would urge anyone who is not yet registered to vote, to apply now to have a say on Scotland’s future.”
In Scotland, you must be 16 or over on the day of the election to vote.
The deadline to register to vote is 19 April.
To vote by post your form must reach the registration office by 5 pm on 6 April.
Register to vote link: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote
Apply for a postal vote: https://www.mygov.scot/apply-postal-vote/