Young NE voters prepare for Referendum

Then Scottish Government Summer cabinet tour in Stranraer
Then Scottish Government Summer cabinet tour in Stranraer

The Independence Referendum vote on September 18 is the first time that 16 and 17 year-olds have been allowed to take part and Aberdeenshire East MSP Alex Salmond has welcomed the news that thousands of young people will take part in the historic decision.

The Grampian Electoral Registration Officer said that as of mid-August 11,751 electors who will be under the age of 18 on September 18 had registered to vote.

Commenting on the figures, Mr Salmond said: “It is fantastic news that so many young people in the north-east are taking the opportunity of getting involved in such a defining moment in Scotland’s history.

“There are still a few days to register to vote and we want as many young people as possible to have their say in the referendum.

“Scotland’s Future is in everyone’s hands and when the people of Scotland head to the polls on September 18, creating opportunities for growth and employment for our young people will be at the forefront of their minds.

“It is very fitting that these young people will have their voice heard.”

Those wishing to vote in person on September 18 have until Tuesday, September 2, to register with their local electoral registration office.

The first postal ballots have now been sent out and anyone who requires to vote by post should return an application form to their local electoral registration office by 5pm on Wednesday, September 3.

Mr Salmond added: “Young people are at the heart of this debate and by voting they can help to build a better country.

“We have an opportunity to use Scotland’s immense wealth to build a fairer and more prosperous nation, including the creation of more jobs for our young people.

“We need to end the desperate situation where we educate so many bright young people, only to see them leave Scotland.

“Our aim will be to ensure as many people as possible can reach the top of their career ladder here in Scotland.

“No-one else will do a better job and no-one else has a bigger stake in our success than the people who care most about Scotland – the people who live and work here,” he added.