Teenagers vote with feet in health ballot

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AN ATTEMPT to give 16- and 17-year-olds the vote in Scotland has flopped after the teenagers stayed away from the ballot box, new research has found.

They were given the franchise in the first Scottish health board elections held in Dumfries and Galloway and in Fife in 2010
 but felt too “uninformed” to take part.

The report into the health elections said the teenagers had “notably lower turnout” than voters aged 18 or over.