Call to register your right to vote

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Sixteen and 17 year olds are being urged to make sure that their voices are heard in the Scottish council elections on May 4.

The #ReadyToVote campaign has been launched to remind those aged under 18 that they have to officially register before they can vote - the first Scotland-wide elections in which they can do so.

S4 pupils from Turnbull High in Bishopbriggs were among the many pupils from secondary schools across Scotland to host a registration event to publicise the election this week.

Anyone who will be aged 16 on May 4 will be able to vote – including those aged 15 who will have a birthday before the election - as long as they are registered.

Turnbull High pupil Tania Pinheiro, who turns 16 this month, said: “I want to have a say in my education.”

Niamh O’Donnell added, “I will be voting because I think that young people should be heard.”

Gerry Cornes, the Returning Officer for East Dunbartonshire, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for 16 and 17 year olds, as it will be the first ever Scotland-wide elections in which people aged under 18 can cast their vote.

“Registering online is very easy to do, and only takes a few minutes – all you will need is your date of birth and National Insurance number.

“I would encourage as many people as possible to register – even if they don’t know who to vote for as of yet, at least they will have the option of taking part in local democracy on May 4.”