On the 6th February in 1918 the Representation of the People Act granted some women over the age of 30 the right to vote. It was not until 1928 that women and men were granted the same rights to vote in elections.
Democracy is still denied from many across the globe. Britain is considered to have a ‘mature democracy’, however it is important to reflect that full voting rights to men and women in Britain were only achieved within the last four generations. In 1918 8.5 million women were added to the electoral register – but only those over 30 who owned property or were graduates and voting in a university constituency were granted the right.
2018 is also officially the ‘Year of Young People.’ Scotland is leading the way not only in the UK but Europe as the second country in the EU to allow 16-year olds to vote! Whilst Scottish 16 and 17-year olds couldn’t vote at the General Election in 2017, they were finally allowed to vote in Scottish Parliamentary Elections in May 2016 and the Scottish Local Council elections in May 2017 for the first time in history! This means 16 and 17-year olds in Scotland finally have a say on the local laws, policies, and decisions that affect them. As one of the first countries in the world to allow 16-year olds the vote Scotland’s young people have great power and responsibility. Be Registered. Be Represented. Be Ready.
If you are not yet registered to vote in elections please go to www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and apply to register today.