Have you made sure you have registered to vote in next years referendum yet? If not, why not? Get on with it!
Many of not most will have received their forms for Electoral Registration by now, and this time it contains a separate section for people who will have turned 16 by 18th September next year.
You may also have seen the various adverts on TV advertising that this process has begun.
So If you have received your forms, don’t dilly dally, get them returned and make sure that you have a right to vote on this historic occasion….Yours is a chance to be a massive part in Scotlands history, don’t waste it.
But apart from those of Scots descent who are resident in Scotland on the 18th September 2014, is there anyone else entitled to vote? The answer is yes! You don’t need to be a born Scot to vote, you can be of any nationality originally who has British Citizenship, and have made your home in Scotland.
You may vote if you meet any of the following criteria.
British citizens resident in Scotland.
Qualifying Commonwealth citizens resident in Scotland. This means Commonwealth citizens who either have leave to remain in the UK or do not require such leave, and are resident in Scotland.
Citizens of the Republic of Ireland and other EU countries resident in Scotland.
Members of the House of Lords resident in Scotland.
Service/Crown personnel serving in the UK or overseas in the Armed Forces or with Her Majesty’s Government who are registered to vote in Scotland.
Now this is significant… Given the number of EU citizens who are resident in Scotland these days, they may make a huge difference to the vote…. So if you know or work beside anyone from an EU country, please let them know that whilst they may not be entitled to vote in Westminster elections, they are perfectly entitled to vote In Scottish elections and of course in the forthcoming referendum!
So go on….Pass the word to all you know, who may not know themselves yet that they too have a right to have their say in the country where they have made their new home!
But firstly make sure that you don’t miss out on your own chance to vote…Register NOW!