Election 2021: Alright Jack - now let's count those votes

Falkirk residents turned out in their droves for the country’s first ever socially distanced election and a conscientious teenager made sure he did not miss his first every opportunity to cast a vote.

By James Trimble
Friday, 7th May 2021, 8:49 am

Forth Valley College sound production student Jack Finlay (17), who cast his vote in Larbert’s Dobbie Hall, was just one of the under 18s who went to the polling stations yesterday.

The voting age, which was lowered in Scotland back in 2013, means 16-year-olds – and 17-year-olds like Jack – were once again allowed to vote in yesterday’s Scottish Parliament elections.

A record number of people had already cast their ballots before polls opened – with more than a million having registered to vote by post.

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Forth Valley College sound production student Jack Finlay (17) cast his vote at Larbert's Dobbie Hall

Voting in the Scottish Parliament election has now ended but the count in Scotland has only just begun after the usual overnight count was postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions.

Final results are expected on Saturday.