Youth organisations launch dedicated young voter week
A group of organisations who work with young people in Scotland has launched a week of action devoted to encouraging young people to register to vote for the referendum on Scotland’s constitutional future. Every day throughout the week will be dedicated to ensuring Scotland’s young people are empowered and ready to have their say.
The group, convened by the Scottish Youth Parliament in January 2014, includes a range of organisations which have adopted a neutral stance on the referendum, across the voluntary, youth work and educational sectors, as well as both campaigns and the Electoral Commission. The aim of the group was to consider ways to encourage collaboration and joint working in relation to young voter engagement and registration in advance of the referendum.
Ready, Steady, Vote Week, a product of the group, is a dedicated week, primarily co-ordinated through online, digital media and social media, to raise awareness about the importance of voting with young people.
Speaking ahead of the launch of Ready, Steady, Vote Week on Saturday, Louise Cameron MSYP, Chair of the Scottish Youth Parliament said:
“I feel that it is very important that young people use their right to vote. It is important that we have our say about issues that affect us as young people, especially in such a major decision like the future of our country. The point of Ready, Steady, Vote Week is to raise awareness of the importance of voting with young people, and to point them to sources of impartial information about voter registration and other issues so as they can make an informed decision for themselves.”
Also speaking ahead of the launch, Gordon Maloney, President of the National Union of Students in Scotland said:
“Over the past two years, we’ve seen amazing work from students’ associations across Scotland in helping facilitate discussion and debate among their members over how education, housing and other issues will be effected by the outcome of the referendum vote.
“Ready, Steady, Vote week will mark the beginning of a final push to get students and young people registered to vote in Scotland. With two weeks to go before the September 2 registration deadline, it’s more important than ever that we ensure that students and young people are able to take part in the most important decision faced by Scotland in the past 300 years.
“By asking students and young people to encourage their friends to register, NUS Scotland, SYP and other participating organisations in Ready, Steady, Vote Week will help allow all sides of the debate, and Scotland as a whole, to know the impact of students and young people in determining Scotland’s future.”