Youths encouraged to register to vote ahead of elections


Angus Council is encouraging anyone who is not registered to vote, to take advantage of this week’s National Voter Registration Drive and register to vote.

Angus, along with all local authority areas, goes to the polls for the Scottish Parliament election on May 5.

It will be the first time that 16 and 17-year-olds will be able to cast their vote for Scottish Parliament. But if they, and any other person for that matter, isn’t registered to vote then they won’t be able to take part and have their say.

To register go online to

It only takes a few minutes, so get online as soon as possible. Have your National Insurance number handy if you have one.

The deadline to register to vote in these elections in Monday, April 18.

In Angus, the Constituency Returning Officer has sent letters to all head teachers asking them to sign up and participate in a Registration Day in March.

The aim is to get as many young people to register as possible and make their vote count.

Alastair Kirkwood, Electoral Registration Officer for Angus Council, said: “Anyone not yet registered to vote should do so as soon as possible so they can have their say on issues that affect their day-to-day lives. I’d urge people living in Angus to use National Voter Registration Drive to spread the message amongst family and friends that it only takes a few minutes to complete the form and register to vote online.”

For more information about the voting process to