Voting age bill in Parliament

A bill to lower the voting age to 16 in the independence referendum has been formally lodged in the Scottish Parliament.

Full Report: Voting age bill lodged in Scottish Parliament

School pupils in the South of Scotland have welcomed plans to lower the voting age for next year's independence referendum.

A bill published today aims to give 16 and 17 year olds a say in the biggest decision their country will take in over three hundred years.

However, there are concerns about how the registration process is going to work.

Watch the full report from Kathryn Samson below.

Pupils give reaction to voting age bill

A bill to lower the voting age to 16 in the independence referendum has been formally lodged in the Scottish Parliament.

The idea was agreed in principal last year and if it passes, it will be the first time in the UK a national poll has been extended to include 16 and 17-year-olds.

Pupils from Earlston High School in the Scottish Borders have been giving their views on the bill:

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'Giving the vote is the right thing to do' says Deputy First Minister

On a visit to an Edinburgh High School to mark the introduction of the Bill, Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said:

“No-one has a bigger stake in the future of our country than today’s young people and it is only right that they are able to have a say in the most important vote to be held in Scotland for three centuries.

“At 16, young people can marry, have children and pay taxes and it is therefore correct that they are given the right to vote on the future of the country in which they live.

"In modern Scotland, giving the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds is the right thing to do.

“We want to make sure that our young people have the opportunity to engage in Scotland’s democratic process."

– Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon

Bill to give votes to 16-year-olds introduced

A bill to lower the voting age to 16 in the independence referendum has been formally lodged in the Scottish Parliament.

The idea was agreed in principal last year by First Minister Alex Salmond and Prime Minister David Cameron.

If passed, it will be the first time in the UK that the franchise has been extended to include 16 and 17-year-olds in a national poll.

A separate Bill detailing the proposed single question referendum will be brought forward later this month.