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Scotland's Electoral Future, 09/04/14 - 11/07/14 [S]

The Scottish Government is drawing on lessons learned in the 2012 local government elections with a view to informing preparations for all future elections in Scotland. Consultation to 11 July 2014.

This consultation is focused the quality of democracy in Scotland can be improved by encouraging wider engagement and participation in elections. It primarily reflects responses to the 2012 local government elections. But the focus is not restricted local government elections. Some of the points made and the proposals set out in this consultation could equally apply to other elections in Scotland. This may be particularly relevant for the next Scottish Parliament elections in 2016 as responsibility for the administration of these elections are soon to pass to the Scottish Government under the provisions of the Scotland Act 2012.

Among the issues for discussion in this paper are methods for increasing voting turnout and engaging young people. It asks for views on extending the franchise for all Scottish elections to those aged 16 and 17 years who are eligible to be registered on the electoral register.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Scotland's Electoral Future: delivering improvements in participation and administration