Register to vote for the 2014 referendum

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From Tuesday, anyone aged 16 on September 18, 2014, can register to have a vote in next year’s independence referendum.

Electoral registration officers (EROs) will be canvassing local residents.

As well as the usual household registration forms, residents will receive a young voter form.

This will allow EROs to collect and confirm details of everyone who will be 16 or 17 years old on September 18, 2014.

Electoral Commission Head of Scotland office, Andy O’Neill, said it was important that all young people eligible to vote should be registered

He said: “If you want to have your say at the referendum you need to be on the electoral register.

“Whoever completes the household registration form should also take the time to think about whether there’s anyone in the household who will be 16 or 17 on September 18, 2014, and, if so, put their details on the young voter form.”

To help increase awareness among 15 - 17 year olds that they may be eligible to vote at the referendum, the Electoral Commission has launched a radio and Facebook advertising campaign.

It has also been working with educational bodies including the Association of Directors in Education Scotland (ADES), Education Scotland and School Leaders Scotland to co-ordinate activity in schools.

Andy O’Neill continued:“We’re supporting the work registration officers are doing locally by launching a campaign to raise awareness.

‘‘It’s important to emphasise that anyone who will be aged 16 on September 18, 2014 can register to vote.

“Teachers can play an important part in helping raise awareness.

‘‘We would also encourage anyone else that works with young people to help spread the message by using the resources we’re making available at aboutmyvote.co.uk.”