“It was important to encourage postal voting at the recent election due to the current covid restrictions and the need to keep voters safe,” said Councillor Kenny MacLaren (SNP – Paisley Northwest) commenting on a report highlighting a rise in postal voting at the last election.
The report to the Renfrewshire Valuation Joint Board (RVJB) – the body which oversees the electoral roll in Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire and Inverclyde – highlighted that postal vote applications increased across Renfrewshire from the last election in December 2019.
This saw the total number of postal votes for the RVJB area rise from 18.6% of voters in the UK General Election of December 2019 to 24.71% of voters in the recent Scottish Parliamentary election.
Councillor Kenny MacLaren added:
“The increase in postal voting is a safe and secure method for all voters and helps to boost turnout at elections.
“The promotion of postal voting is in direct contrast to the Tories in Westminster who want to put up barriers to people voting – making voters display a driving licence or passport before getting a vote. This is nothing more than an attempt to reduce working class voters and highlights the Tories contempt for democracy.
“Many people have fought for the right to vote, from the working class to suffragettes, and now Scotland is leading the way by extending voting rights to everyone over 16.
“Don’t take the right to vote lightly – it’s an important role in being the citizen of any country. If you don’t vote then it’s others who will make the decisions about your future.”