Public urged to use their democratic right to vote in May

Angus MacDonald MSP
Angus MacDonald MSP

Young people are among those being encouraged to exercise their right to vote in this year’s Holyrood elections.

The rules on voting age has changed in Scotland, meaning those aged 16 and 17 by Thursday, May 5 will be eligible to vote for the first time.

Angus MacDonald, MSP for Falkirk East, said: “With the Scottish Parliament election now only four months away the deadline to register to vote will be upon us before we know it.

“It is therefore very important that you make sure you are registered to vote, and if you are not registered that you take steps to register now.

“It is especially important that those who will be 16 or 17 by May 5, or EU nationals, don’t miss out on having their say because they didn’t know that they could register or because they don’t know how to register to vote.

“It only takes a few minutes to complete the online form.

“Don’t miss out on having your say on who represents you at Holyrood, or who forms Scotland’s next government.”

Those eligible can apply online at
register-to-vote or phone the Electoral Registration Office for Central Scotland on 01786 892 289.