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Section 1.12. Citizens, resident, and on the electoral register, are entitled to vote in all national elections and referendums upon reaching the Age of Legal Capacity, except for persons under guardianship due to severe mental incapacity as defined by a specific medical or judicial certification.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-20 17:35:39

    Section 1.12. Citizens, resident, and on the electoral register, are entitled to vote in all national elections and referendums upon reaching the Age of Legal Capacity, except for persons under guardianship due to severe mental incapacity as defined by a specific medical or judicial certification.

      • Caledonialan

        This sentence is ungrammatical. Also, it refers to an "

          • Caledonialan

            This sentence is ungrammatical. Also, it refers to an "age of legal capacity", which would have to be defined for all legal purposes, although it might be preferable to envisage different ages for different legal purposes - as is, I believe, currently the case. It would be better to refer to an age of entitlement to vote as laid down in parliamentary legislation.

              • Caledonialan

                In addition, as a UK national prevented from voting in the Brexit referendum, I feel strongly that citizens should be entitled to vote, at least for certain purposes, even if they are not resident in the country. France has a system of representation of nationals redsident abroad which allocates a number of seats in the National Assembly to wide constituencies such as "Northern Europe" etc, defined in accordance with the number of nationals resident in each area. I feel such a solution should be considered, to encourage involvement in Scottish politics by those currently abroad. I am aware this is a complex issue, but I think it needs serious consideration. I myself am currently prevented from voting in Scotland because I spend less than half the year in my Edinburgh flat, even though I have a considerable interest in what goes on in Scotland.

                  • Rs902

                    I completely agree that citizens of a country should retain the right to vote despite not being resident in the country. I have worked overseas for British International Schools including and lost the right to vote on Brexit despite it having a direct impact on my future. Citizens abroad should still have the right to vote in their country of residence as for many years, I was unable to vote anywhere due to being a foreign national albeit in Europe.

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Proposed Amendment to 1.12.

  • Caledonialan

    Section 1.12. Citizens of Scotland whose names appear on an electoral register are entitled to vote in all national elections and referendums upon reaching the age laid down by law for voting in the election or referendum in question, except for persons under guardianship due to severe mental incapacity as defined by a specific medical or judicial certification.

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