Falkirk pupils on voter campaign trail

(L-R) School captains Kara McCormick, Amie forsyth, Daniel Tran, Lewis Dawson, Amy Duvall and Connor Robb. Picture: Alan Murray
(L-R) School captains Kara McCormick, Amie forsyth, Daniel Tran, Lewis Dawson, Amy Duvall and Connor Robb. Picture: Alan Murray

With Scotland’s political landscape changing to include 16-year-olds on the voters’ roll, senior Falkirk pupils hit their own campaign trail.

The Electoral Commission has been promoting voter registration for young people through its Time to get #IN campaign who will be 16 on polling day on May 5, 2016.

The Falkirk Herald spoke to six school captains at Graeme High School about their views on politics and having a vote as they encourage fellow pupils to register.

Amie Forsyth (17): “The six of us registered on Thursday and Friday during lunch times this week and then we’ll be helping those eligible to register to vote as well to promote that young people have a vote and a say.”

Connor Robb (17): “I think the referendum will sway young people’s votes because a lot think it is about either the Conservatives and the SNP and a straight Yes or No. But because the voting age is being lowered I think it is making younger people think about things more.”

Lewis Dawson (16): “Now that we’ve been given we now know what to do, but I feel like the parties haven’t given teenagers enough information on what to vote for.”

Kara McCormick (17): “I think one of the big issues for young people is tuition fees and higher education, but if they are giving young people free education how are they going to pay for that? The money will have to come from some sort of tax.”

Amy Duvall (17): “Politics is very new to us I think. We don’t really feel it affects us too much at the moment but obviously it does. Because we haven’t had a say so far we have just switched off to it, but now that we are able to vote I think more young people will take more interest.”

Daniel Tran (17): “This gives us the opportunity to prove to older generations that we are not so disengaged and disinterested in politics and that we can engage.”