Major electoral change

THE SCOTTISH Government will pay for a voter registration programme so that all 16 and 17-year-olds will be able to vote in the independence referendum, Alex Salmond announced.

The First Minister unveiled the plan at his party’s annual conference held in Perth.

Although he secured a deal with David Cameron last week to allow all over-16s to vote, because most 16-year-olds are not listed on the current electoral register, there was some confusion as to how many would actually be able to cast their votes.

Alex Salmond’s move will mean there will be many changes to the registering process.

Most Tory MPs based in England do not want 16 and 17 year olds to vote in the referendum, which will be held in autumn 2014, because they think it would then be impossible to change for all elections in Britain.

We asked on our Facebook page what the opinions of 16 and 17-year-olds getting to vote was and we had a mixed response.

Gillian Robson Sinclair said: “I think it’s right, at the end of the day you can get married at 16, leave school and get a job so should be able to vote!” whilst Wazza Snr said: “I think it is scandalous, some of them are too young that they won’t even know what it all means, I know I didn’t at that age and probably still don’t.”

Karen Smith added: “I feel it’s wrong. I have to say I had no interest in politics when I was at that age. But I think when it comes to the Big Question in 2014 it’s a good way of Mr Salmond getting the result he wants by getting them on his side when I feel they will not be given the full facts on what trouble it may cause.”

Samantha Sievwright commented: “If you can marry and live by yourself and have babies then why not?”

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