Independence Referendum: Are you eligible to vote on September 18

Chief executive Gerry Cornes

Chief executive Gerry Cornes

The clock is ticking ahead of September 18, when Scotland goes to the polls to decide its future in the Independence Referendum.

But are you sure you are eligible to vote in the referendum?

The big difference between this and other elections is that 16-17 year olds will be able to vote for the first time.

You can vote in the referendum if you are registered to vote in Scotland, and are 16 or over on September18 and are:

A British citizen living in Scotland

A European Union citizen living in Scotland, or

A qualifying Commonwealth citizen living in Scotland

Service personnel posted outside Scotland, along with their spouse or civil partner and any 16 or 17 year old children, may also vote in the Referendum if they are registered to vote in Scotland.

In October and November 2013, each household was sent two forms by their local Electoral Registration office, requesting the details of all those who will be eligible to vote. If you have not received these forms, or would like to be sent new ones, you need to contact your local Electoral Registration office. You can find their details at www.aboutmyvote.co.uk

East Dunbartonshire’s Chief Executive and Local Counting Officer for the election, Gerry Cornes said: “It’s been well publicised that 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote in the Referendum. Everyone needs to be aware of the deadline – 2 September – and make sure they are registered before this.”

For more information, please contact your local Electoral Registration office.

You can find their details on the web at: www.aboutmyvote.co.uk




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