McLeod welcomes unanimous support for votes at 16

SNP MSP for the South of Scotland Aileen McLeod welcomed the Scottish Parliament’s unanimous passing at Stage One of the Reduction of Voting Age Bill last week, following the debate at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday.

Aileen said: “I am delighted that MSPs from across party lines voted unanimously in favour of extending the right to vote in Scottish Parliament and local government elections to include 16 and 17-year-olds.

“One of the greatest achievements of last year’s independence referendum was to extend the franchise to young adults. Young people grasped the opportunity to become involved in the democratic process with both hands.

“Without doubt some of the most enthusiastic and stimulating audiences I spoke to and debates I participated in during that campaign were in schools, where it was absolutely clear that young people relished their responsibility and took it seriously.

“That shouldn’t really come as a surprise though. 16 and 17-year-olds can pay taxes, get married and join the armed forces, so it is only right and fair that they should also be entitled to vote.”