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.

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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

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