Alex Salmond, leader of the SNP, has always supported reducing the voting to 16. As the law stands at the moment 16 and 17-year-olds are able to register even though they have yet to reach the voting age of 18.
According to today's Scotland on Sunday the reason Mr Salmond wants the voting age reduced is because he hopes that the addition of 125,000 teenagers in the 16-17 age group will help the SNP's cause as polling evidence suggests that young people are more inclined to support independence than the middle-aged and elderly.
That may be part of his reason, but reducing the age to 16 brings it into line with being able to leave school, get married, join the military or work full-time.
The Electoral Commission has given their judgement and believes that adjusting the electoral roll to ensure that all Scottish 16-year-olds are given the chance to vote could expose them to danger. It fears that extending the voting franchise could result in details of children under the age of 16 being put on the electoral roll, a public document, making them easily identifiable to predatory paedophiles.
This category of potential voters are known as 'attainers' because they will 'attain' the age of 18 by the time the next election comes around. By registering as attainers the young people's date of birth are made public and they are automatically given the right to vote as soon as they reach their 18th birthday.
One easy solution is not to make the young person's age public. Why is it necessary to make it public? Attainers are not voters so why should their age be published?
Or is suggesting this information would attract paedophiles one of the poorest excuses to stop the voting age being reduced in line with today's society? I certainly think so.
Pauline McNeill, Labour's constitutional spokeswoman said: "It is a very serious point to consider if children's details are to be made public before their 16th birthday. Labour has always been open-minded about whether 16-year-olds should be given the vote. But in this instance we think it is a gimmick."
That's not a resounding 'no' from Labour is it? In other words Ms McNeill is all for the voting age being reduced but not to suit the SNP. Labour will reduce it if they regain power and only if it's shown that it helps them, which it will of course. Not all the 125,000 youngsters will be voting SNP - or will they?