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Children of armed forces personnel living abroad with their parents will have a vote in the independence referendum under legislation likely to be approved at Holyrood today.
Teenagers aged 16 and 17 are eligible to vote in the referendum but no mechanism exists to allow children of overseas military personnel to have their say.
Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has proposed a remedy through an amendment to the Scottish Independence Referendum Bill which enters the first stage of parliamentary scrutiny at Holyrood's Referendum Bill Committee today.
In a letter to the committee's convener, Ms Sturgeon said:
The Electoral Commission has launched an advertising campaign on radio and Facebook.
It has also been working with educational bodies the Association of Directors in Education Scotland, Education Scotland and School Leaders Scotland to help co-ordinate work in schools.
Teenagers who will be aged 16 or 17 on the date of next year's independence referendum can register to vote from today.
Anyone who is 16 or above on September 18th next year can go to the polls. It is the first time people under 18 have been allowed to participate in UK political vote.
They will be asked the "yes/no" question: "Should Scotland be an independent country?"
Electoral registration officers will be canvassing residents across Scotland.
As well as the usual household registration forms, people will also be given young voter forms, to allow details to be collected of everyone who will be aged 16 and 17 on referendum day.