Almost 110,000 Under-18s Register To Vote

Almost 110,000 16 and 17-year-olds are registered to vote in the Scottish independence referendum.

A total of 4,285,323 people in Scotland are signed up to vote next Thursday, including 109,533 under-18s. Almost a tenth of them (10,864) live in the Glasgow City Council area, while 7,467 have signed up in Edinburgh.

September 18 marks the first time 16 and 17-year-olds will vote in a major poll in Britain.

A special law to lower the voting age was passed by the Scottish Parliament last year. The issue was controversial but had eventually been included in the Edinburgh Agreement which set out the terms of the referendum and was signed by both Scottish and UK ministers.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said last month: “Our young people have responsibility for Scotland's future, so it is only right that they are able to have a say in the most important vote to be held in Scotland for three centuries.”

Across Scotland, there are a total of 5,579 polling stations.

In most areas, a maximum of 800 electors have been allocated to each polling station.

Measures, including extra staff at peak times, have been put in place to reduce the risk of queues.

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