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Question: Is the voting age going to be reduced to 16?

Asked by ourchoicecanley to Ed, Jim, Lynnette, Rae on 13 Oct 2010 in Categories: .

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  • Photo: Jim O'BoyleJim O'Boyle answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    There are no proposals for it but if it did happen I would be in favour.


  • Photo: Lynnette KellyLynnette Kelly answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    There are no plans to do it, but it has been talked about by groups such as the UK Youth Parliament.


  • Photo: Ed RuaneEd Ruane answered on 13 Oct 2010:

    The Government as far as I’m aware have no plans at present to lower the voting age to 16.

    I strongly believe that the voting age should be lowered to 16, because it would force politicians from all political parties to listen and properly engage with young people and develop detailed policies that are designed to benefit younger people, as like all politicians they want to make sure that they get your vote.

    Another reason would be, that at the age of 16 a young person can choose to finish their education, leave home, join the armed forces, have sex, and start a family. In fact, if a young person is earning enough money, they can even pay tax – and yet they do not have the right to vote which I think is just plain crazy.

    To be honest I know some 16 year olds who know far more about politics than what their parents do, the more young people we have engaged in politics can only be a good thing for the whole of society. What do you believe on this issue?