Don’t be left in the background – get #ReadyToVote

With just one week to go, find out how you can ensure young people across Scotland are #ReadyToVote for the Scottish council elections this May…

By Sarah Mackie, Senior Officer, Electoral Commission Scotland


“The opportunity to vote is a privilege that many across the world are denied. It is one of the best methods to be heard and to be involved in decision-making. Voting puts us right at the forefront of politics, instead of leaving us in the background.

Registering to vote doesn’t take long. Take a few moments out of your day to make an impact on the world around you,” says Brian.

The Scottish council elections on Thursday 4 May are the first Scotland-wide council elections in which 16- and 17-year-olds can vote.

The elections will decide who represents you in your local council and who makes decisions on the provision of local services, such as education, housing and public transport.

Brian and other teens like him across Scotland want to have their say. But if they aren’t registered, they can’t vote.

You can help young people in Scotland get #ReadyToVote by running a registration event – or encouraging your networks to host an event – at your school, youth centre or college from Wednesday 1 March, which is #ReadyToVote day.


Don’t worry, we’ve produced a toolkit which includes everything required to take part. Our toolkit includes resources to promote the event, images to use on social media, factsheets and activities to do with students.

Download your toolkit now

You can also get involved by promoting #ReadyToVote on social media. Our toolkit includes lots of graphic images you can share to get the word out there.

With just one week to go until #ReadyToVote, we have over 165 schools from 26 council areas across Scotland already signed up to take part. Sign up now!

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