No time for apathy; Letters..
WITH research highlighting that an estimated 600,000 potential voters in Scotland are not on the electoral register, concerns have naturally been raised that they are losing the right to have their voice heard in crucial European Parliament elections on May 23.
Those at greatest risk of missing out are young people, who will arguably be affected most by the outcome, and private renters.
These groups also include many EU citizens, who will be required to fill in an additional form should they want to vote.
The deadline to register is midnight on Tuesday, May 7. MEPs are responsible, along with the Council of Ministers, for making laws and approving budgets. More importantly, however, these elections will serve as a measure of public opinion on whether there should be another EU referendum.
European elections in the past have been blighted by low turnouts and apathy.
But this is not an election to stand aside from - it is one to make a mark for our country's future and its relationship with the rest of the world, so make sure you are registered to vote.
Mark Lazarowicz, chair of European Movement in Scotland