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Scottish Independence Referendum (Franchise) Act 2013

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3.The Act covers a range of issues, with supporting detail set out in schedules, as follows:

  • Franchise (sections 2 and 3), being the rules about who is, and is not, entitled to vote in an independence referendum;

  • The creation and maintenance of the Register of Young Voters (sections 4 to 9 and schedules 1 and 2), which is required in consequence of the extension of the franchise to persons below the age at which they can register as local government electors; and

  • Registration officers’ expenses (section 10), which insofar as they relate to the functions under the Act will be met by the Scottish Ministers.

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