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Section 4.9. All Scottish citizens will be automatically entered onto the electoral register on attaining the Age of Legal Capacity and will retain registration for life. All registered Scottish citizens are entitled to vote in the Parliamentary elections and National referendums.

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    Administrator #1  •  2020-08-20 17:40:28

    Section 4.9. Section 4.9. All Scottish citizens will be automatically entered onto the electoral register on attaining the Age of Legal Capacity and will retain registration for life. All registered Scottish citizens are entitled to vote in the Parliamentary elections and National referendums.

      • Caledonialan

        Section 4.9. The "age of legal capacity" is perhaps a phrase to be avoided; there might be reasons for specifying different ages for different purposes. The current voting age of 16 in Scotland is not the same as the age of majority. This section speaks of "the" electoral register but, for constituency purposes, there will have to be local registers and voters may have to change registers. Retaining registration for life presumably means even when residing outwith Scotland. Provision would need to be made for determining which register a citizen would be entered in when no longer living within a constituency

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      • Bunchie

        Section 4.9. There should be a residence qualification for citizens voting as Caledonian states Scottish Citizens living, permanently out with Scotland should not have a vote whilst living in another country. From another section a person with a Scottish Grandparent can become a citizen and then vote, perhaps never having lived in Scotland. This seems like an anomaly that should be corrected.

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      • kenny321

        Section 4.9. Age and the use of All need to be considered. In 2014 if you didn't live in Scotland you didn't get a vote for the biggest electoral event. You may retain the 'right' to come back to Scotland if you work abroad, but should you be able to chose who governs a country you are not 'living' in?

          • Caledonialan

            Section 4.9. I'd like to point out that many countries allow their citizens residing abroad to vote in national elections and referendums. The UK doesn't, and perhaps this has come to be seen as the norm in Scotland too. But the mere fact of living abroad does not cut your ties with your home country. Should the home country cut its ties with you?

              • Admin/CfS6

                Section 4.9. These comments are all valid and will inform the Constitutional Convention which will process the agreed principles of this consultation into appropriate legal terms. That will require more than the 75 words per Section or proposed amendment permitted here. The drafting constraint is sufficient words to establish the broad principles and intention of the Section but avoiding the depth of legal detail which would risk “turning off” or compromising widespread Citizen participation.

                  • Diane Redhead

                    Section 4.9. The ability to vote from abroad is a matter of principle, not drafting. Remember, UK/Gove wanted all Scots living in England to vote because they might be more Union-oriented, and thus defeat independence

                      • Admin/CfS6

                        Section 4.9. Yes – this is the challenge of becoming involved - to frame your point(s) of principle into an amendment(s) which we can all vote on…. That in turn may prompt further refinement. Not easy – but surely well worthwhile! We just hold the jackets….

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