STUC Urges Young Voters to Register

February 5th 2014

The Scottish Trades Union Congress (STUC) has urged all young people to ensure they are registered to vote ahead of the referendum on 18th September. Today, Wednesday 5th February, marks voter registration day and the STUC is encouraging all young people entitled to vote to make sure that vote counts.

Grahame Smith, STUC General Secretary said “The STUC has supported the principle of vote for 16 and 17 year old and our Youth Committee worked with NUS Scotland and the Scottish Youth Parliament to ensure that young Scots of 16 and 17 year olds will have the opportunity to vote on Scotland’s constitutional future.

“Unfortunately, there were many opponents to the proposal arguing that young people do not have the life experience to consider the consequences of their decision. We find this argument baseless and from our engagement with young people it just does not hold water. Young people want to vote and they want to be properly informed. The STUC can help advise on, and encourage, registration. However, from what we hear from visits to schools, the referendum campaigns have to up their game in engaging young people.

“In the coming months we will continue to work with representative organisations such as the Scottish Youth Parliament and NUS Scotland to encourage a high turnout of young voters on September 18th.”

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Ian Tasker t0141 337 8100

itasker@stuc.org.uk

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