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Coatbridge youth discuss new votes with minister

Published: 14 Sep 2015 11:44

Visit highlights first time parliamentary votes for 16 and 17 year olds.

The Scottish Government's Minister for Parliamentary Business Joe FitzPatrick MSP will meet with young people in Coatbridge to discuss ways of boosting voter registration before next year's Scottish Parliament elections.

The voting age for Scottish Parliament and local government elections will be lowered from spring 2016, letting 16 and 17 year olds vote at next year's Scottish Parliament elections for the first time.

Mr Fitzpatrick will meet with a local group of young people from the Scottish Youth Parliament on Monday, September 14. He will discuss voting alongside a range of issues important to young people in the Coatbridge area.

Mr Fitzpatrick said: "The Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Bill passed its final stage in June. This Bill provides a detailed, workable and practical framework to allow 16 and 17 year olds to register for, and vote in, Scottish elections.

"Since we first proposed lowering the voting age, I have been extremely impressed by the thoughtful and passionate contributions that young people have made to the debate - Scotland's young people have made a persuasive case and should be extremely proud of that.

"I'm looking forward to meeting the young people in the Coatbridge area and learning more about the issues that matter to them."