Scottish Youth Parliament Press Office
Wednesday 17th September
Youth Parliament Chair urges young people to get out and vote
The Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament, Louise Cameron MSYP, has urged all young people to ensure they use their vote in the forthcoming referendum and that, regardless of the result, the real achievement of the referendum has been the process of engagement.
The Scottish Youth Parliament has been working on a large scale young voter engagement project from January 2014.
Speaking ahead the referendum, Cameron, only voting for the second time after the European elections in May, spoke of the significant amount of positive work that had gone in to engaging young voters, and of the need to harness this post-referendum in order to ensure the current efforts to engage young people continue for future elections.
Speaking ahead of the referendum, she said:
“Through this referendum hundreds of thousands of young people across Scotland will participate in a historic moment of self-determination where we will have our say about the future of our country. I would urge every young person to make sure they participate in this pivotal moment in Scottish history by voting.
This is the first time that 16 and 17 year olds are able to vote in a Scottish election. We have a responsibility to show that we take this right very seriously so as to ensure it is extended to all future elections.
For the last two years, Scotland has been on the most amazing journey of political engagement and civic participation. As a young person, I have been absolutely astounded at the amount of effort that has gone in from schools, colleges and universities, youth groups and other civic and voluntary organisations and the campaigns, to try and remove barriers to participation and actively engage young people, particularly those young people who face more challenging circumstances. I am proud that the Scottish Youth Parliament led the way in developing innovative ideas and methods to engage thousands of young people, in an impartial manner, pointing them to sources of information to help them make an informed decision for themselves.
The process and the level of participation, combined with extraordinary efforts to engage young people, is the real achievement of this referendum. We have a once in a lifetime opportunity to build on what has been achieved through this process, to harness all of the positive young voter engagement work that has taken place over the last two years to ensure Scotland’s young people have their voices heard. We all have a responsibility, so let’s work together and make it happen.”
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