Young people prepare for referendum vote

Ballot box
Ballot box

Nearly 12,000 under-18s in the North-east have registered to take part in the Scottish independence referendum.

The 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 polling day had registered to vote.

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.

“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 wanting to vote in person on September 18 had until Tuesday of this week to register with their local electoral registration office.

Anyone who required to vote by post should have returned an application form by 5pm last night.

North-East MSP Christian Allard took part in a youth referendum event in Inverurie last week.

He said the Aberdeenshire Youth Council event at the Acorn Centre showed there has been an overwhelming shift towards a Yes vote among young voters since last year’s mock referendum.

Mr Allard added: “Young people in the North-east have shown that they want to be very much a part of this referendum.”