The 2016 Scottish Parliament election is the first in which 16 and 17 year olds can vote. This means that if you’re 16 or over on 5 May 2016, you’ll be able to vote but you need to register first. It only takes a few minutes to register online. During senior PSE classes from the 17th March we will be helping 15-17 year olds get #ReadyToVote. You’ll need your date of birth, National Insurance number and full address to register (you only need your National Insurance number if you are 16 or over), which you can find on official documents such as letters from HM Revenue and Customs. Otherwise, for help you can visit: gov.uk/lost-national-insurance-number. Don’t worry – if you are not yet 16 you won’t need your National Insurance number to register.
Your opinion matters, your voice should be heard, and registering to vote can be the first step in influencing the future of your country.