Renfrewshire Council

Young voters targeted in registration drive

Renfrewshire's election team are getting the message across to young people living in Renfrew South and Gallowhill that they are eligible to vote in the forthcoming council by-election in the area on Thursday August 11.

The by-election was caused by the death of Councillor Eddie Grady, who was one of the three elected members representing Renfrew South and Gallowhill on Renfrewshire Council.

People aged 16 and 17 in Renfrewshire were not able to vote in the recent EU referendum but are able to vote in local authority and Scottish Parliamentary elections.

Election officials in Renfrewshire are keen to remind young people that they can again play their part in the electoral process.

Sandra Black, returning officer for the by-election, said: "From our experience at previous elections, we know that there is a lot of interest from young people in taking part in the electoral process.

"We have two messages for that age group. First and foremost, to clear up any uncertainty following the EU referendum voting rules, and stress that they are again eligible to vote

"And secondly, that the process of registering to secure their vote, or to apply for a postal vote, is straightforward and there is plenty of advice and help available."

To be eligible to vote, young people must be aged 16 by the registration deadline of Monday 25 July.

Anyone seeking to register to vote can do so online at www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

Residents can also contact the Electoral Registration Officer on 0300 300 0150.

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