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16 and 17 year olds get the vote, 18/06/15 [S]

The voting age for Scottish Parliament and local government elections will be lowered from spring 2016.

The Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill, passed today, will see 16 and 17 year olds able to vote at next year’s Scottish Parliament elections.

Deputy First Minister John Swinney said: “This Bill provides a detailed, workable and practical framework to allow 16 and 17 year olds to register for and vote in Scottish elections. I welcome the broad cross-party support there has been for our proposals that will give young people a permanent voice on matters that affect them."

For full details see the Scottish Government news release.

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16 and 17 year olds get the vote