New Snapchat Geofilter to lure teen voters in Scotland

Snapchat has teamed up with the Electoral Commission for the first time to launch a Geofilter to encourage young people in Scotland to register to vote. 

The Geofilter — the first of its kind in the UK — reminds people to register to vote in the council elections on 4 May in Scotland. 

It will also be the first time 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland are eligible to vote.

“Snapchat gives us a fantastic opportunity to reach a typically under-registered audience and let young people in Scotland know that they can use their voice in these elections,” said Andy O’Neill, Head of the Electoral Commission in Scotland. 

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Only 69 percent of 18-34 year olds in Great Britain are registered to vote, compared to 96 percent of people aged 65 and over, according to the Electoral Commission. 

This isn’t the first time Snapchat’s been used to encourage young voters.  

In September 2016, Snapchat ran a public service campaign in the U.S. in partnership with nonprofit Democracy Works’ TurboVote. The campaign ran video ads between Snapchat Stories which directed users to a voter registration mobile webpage within the app. 

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