Sixteen and 17-year-olds in Scotland will soon be able to vote, after a landmark law was passed by MSPs in Holyrood. The key new piece of legislation, formally titled ‘The Scottish Elections (Reduction of Voting Age) Act 2015’, received Royal Assent on Friday. It will give some teenagers, who have been denied the vote for centuries, the right to cast a ballot in Scottish Parliamentary elections, due to take place in 2016, as well as local government and council elections.
Scotland’s commissioner for children and young people, Tam Baillie, hailed the move as a chance to give 16 and 17-year-olds more of a say in the governing of their country.
“Last year’s referendum showed that giving 16 and 17-year-olds the chance to vote strengthens democratic debate in Scotland,” he said.