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SNP in chaos over young voter plans

February 12, 2012 1:39 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

The SNP have been thrown into chaos after they admitted that their plans to give young people the vote in the referendum would only cover those aged older than sixteen and three quarters.

Jo Swinson MPJo Swinson MPIn fact, an autumn 2014 referendum would use the electoral register published on 1st December 2013. So hardly any 16 year olds will be on the list to vote at all.

The SNP don't intend to canvass 14 and 15 year olds for the electoral register and say they will only rely on the normal procedures to register for 18 year olds. This means only those who will be 18 within the following 14 months are included on the electoral roll.

Commenting on the revelation, Deputy Leader of Scottish Liberal Democrats, Jo Swinson said:

"The plans are chaotic. It's no longer votes at 16 but votes at sixteen and three quarters.

"This is a skew-whiff plan that is poorly thought out and if implemented would create considerable resentment between those 16 year olds who would have a vote and those who wouldn't.

"This shows why the franchise should not be fiddled with just for the referendum.

"Liberal Democrats support votes at 16 but at for all elections, not just the ones the SNP choose.

"The SNP should drop their skew-whiff plans."