eParticipation and eVoting
In March 2010, young people aged 12 to 25 across Scotland had the opportunity to cast their vote online via www.youngscot.org
for the very first time at the Scottish Youth Parliament (SYP) Elections .
The platform was developed in partnership with digital agency Storm ID and the Scottish Youth Parliament, to help increase young people’s interest and understanding of political system in Scotland, and to develop voter participation and engagement.
The platform was designed to be as user friendly and interactive as possible. Using their Young Scot NEC card’s young people could log on to the Young Scot website, select their local page, read and listen to Podcast manifestos, then cast their e-vote for their favourite candidate.
80,000 voters cast 21,000 votes
In total over 80,000 votes were cast across Scotland. More than 21,000 of those came from the 12,000 voters using the e-Voting “polling station” across the Aberdeen, Dumfries and Galloway; Glasgow City; Highland; Moray; North Lanarkshire; Orkney Islands; Shetland Islands and South Lanarkshire constituencies.
The feedback from the youth health panel is extremely vital to the improvement of our services. It allows us to directly shape, develop, and ensure our information mirrors the needs of young people living in Scotland
Young people from minority groups will develop stronger links with other young people in their area, have a greater understanding of the information and services available to them, and feel empowered to directly influence decisions that affect their needs
Through peer-led education young people have the opportunity to bring about healthy and positive life choices to other young people in their local community
Young people have access to a high quality, easy-to-use voting platform that enables them to get their voices heard in a way which is accessible to them
Young people across Scotland will have the opportunity to engage and participate in national sporting events