Help for new young vot­ers

The Oban Times - - News -

SCHOOLS and col­leges across Scot­land are be­ing en­cour­aged to hold spe­cial voter reg­is­tra­tion events this week in a bid to raise aware­ness of the low­er­ing of the vot­ing age and to get more young peo­ple reg­is­tered ahead of Scot­tish Par­lia­ment elec­tions next May.

Fol­low­ing the low­er­ing of the vot­ing age in Scot­land, the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has teamed up with coun­cils across Scot­land to in­vite all schools and col­leges to run voter reg­is­tra­tion drives dur­ing class time.

The week-long Time Out To Get #In event aims to see schools and col­leges tak­ing time out from usual classes to give stu­dents an op­por­tu­nity to go online and register.

It’s also part of a wider cam­paign that the Elec­toral Com­mis­sion has been run­ning over the sum­mer aimed at in­creas­ing reg­is­tra­tion rates among 15-17-year- olds.

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