Argyll and Bute Council Notice: Young People and Elections

Young People Registering To Vote
Did you know that in Scotland, you can now vote in some elections once you’re 16?

Young people are clear that they want to have a say in decisions that affect them. Voting is one of the most effective and important ways they can use their voice and influence results.

The Electoral Registration Office contacts young people aged 14/15, throughout the year, to encourage them to register to vote in time for their 16th birthday.

Anyone Aged 14 or Over Can Register To Vote
If you know anyone 14 and over, they can register to vote and if they are 16 or over they can register to vote in Scottish Parliament and local government elections – helping to choose the MSPs and councillors who will represent the area where they live.

People in that age group should look out for information coming out in the post from the Electoral Registration Office. It will include forms and guidance on what to do and how to do it. Young people can also register online – it’s quick and easy to do, and it only takes five minutes. There are links below to the information provided by both the Scottish and UK Governments about registration and voting. There’s also a link to Argyll and Bute Council’s Elections web page which provides information about all aspects of elections and details of any forthcoming polls.

Further Information
Here are some useful links for more information:

·         Register to vote in Scotland:

·         Register to vote – GOV.UK:

·         Elections information:

Don’t miss out on your chance to have your say in how your local area is represented – register now so you can vote when the time’s right!