Young voters urged to ensure they can take historic first steps

Moray Council - elections looming.
Moray Council – elections looming.

YOUNG PEOPLE IN MORAY are being urged not to turn their backs on the opportunity to take part in future local government elections.

Under new arrangements formally put in place earlier this year, 16 and 17-years-olds are now eligible to vote in all Scottish elections, including those that will see a new council established in Moray next year.

The election in Moray looks set to see major changes in those who are representing the region – with many of the current councillors already indicating that they do not intend to stand for re-election.

Now Angus Robertson MP is urging those newly eligible voters to ensure that they have their say in how the region is run in future: “Engagement by young people in the political process has been extremely high since the Scottish Government changed the law to allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the 2014 Independence Referendum and the 2016 Scottish Parliament elections.

“I was delighted to see these changes as I have long been a campaigner for votes at 16. There is still a job of work to be done to get the voting age changed for Westminster elections but in the meantime the 2017 Local Government elections are fast approaching.

“For the first time, 16 and 17 year-olds will be able to cast their votes in the Council elections on 4 May, but it’s important that they ensure they are on the Electoral Register.

“It’s important everyone, including young people, make sure their voice is heard next May. If people are unsure whether they are registered or information can be found at: www.grampian-vjb.gov.uk/electoral-register ”

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