Votes at 16 passed by the Scottish Parliament

The voting age will be lowered to 16 for the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections, after legislation to widen the franchise received unanimous backing from MSPs. The Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill, which will allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote in Scottish Parliamentary and local elections, will come into effect from spring 2016.

 

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The Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill. This was introduced on 2 April 2015. Its purpose is to introduce the changes to electoral procedures necessary to allow the voting age for Scottish Parliament and local elections to be reduced to 16 years old from 18 years old.