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Now governments are wanting to lower the voting age from 18yrs to 16yrs.....
MPs to debate bill to reduce voting age to 16
Labour MP’s private member’s bill has cross-party support, with one backer saying young people about to be hit by Brexit should get a say over their future
MPs are to debate a bill aiming to reduce the voting age to 16, with the cross-party supporters of the measure arguing it is a long-overdue idea which would boost involvement in politics.
The proposal is a private member’s bill, introduced by Labour MP Jim McMahon, and thus has relatively little chance of finding enough parliamentary time to become law, not least as the government does not back the idea.
But it has not just official support from Labour, but also backing from the Liberal Democrats, SNP, Plaid Cymru and Greens, with the hope that McMahon’s bill could further push the idea on to the political landscape.
The bill, officially titled the representation of the people (young people’s enfranchisement and education) bill, will receive its second reading on Friday, the initial opportunity for MPs to debate an idea.
While the idea of reducing the minimum voting age has been floated at various points in recent years, supporters argue that changes to the franchise in Scotland and Wales could help push the argument.
In 2015, 16- and 17-year-olds in Scotland were granted the vote for local and Scottish elections. They had been allowed to vote in the previous year’s independence referendum, with a claimed turnout of about 75% for the age group.
The Welsh government is currently consulting on changes to elections, including giving those aged 16 and 17 the vote.
Ahead of the vote, the shadow minister for voter engagement and youth affairs, Cat Smith, said there was an “unconvincing and deeply patronising” idea that under-18s were too ill-informed to vote with any meaning.
“The government’s opposition comes as no surprise,” she wrote for the LabourList website. “During the general election campaign, the Conservative party made no effort to encourage voter registration, or to put forward policies that would offer real opportunities to young people.
“The election should have served as a wake-up call to the Tories that they can no longer ignore young people.”
McMahon said: “The fact there is cross-party support to lower the voting age shows that the political appetite for change is there. It has been discussed in the past, but now the time has come to make it a reality.”
The Labour-backing Momentum group is also supporting the measure with a new app called 16andvoting, which helps people send a message to their local MP asking them to back the change.
The normal voting age was reduced from 18 to 16 for the Scottish referendum, as it was a Scottish National Party policy to reduce the voting age for all elections in Scotland.
originally posted by: mysterioustranger
a reply to: eletheia
A "general consensus" worldwide isn't possible because of all the differences I mentioned in my above response.
If you mean people like us...with educations, and in civilized countries w progressive liberties, democracies etc...it's not "general" in consensus in 2nd or 3rd world countries with age old and old world traditions many of whom had little or not schooling living in repressed countries.
In many of them...they wonder what the big deal is w child brides for example. So it depends where we're from
originally posted by: mamabeth
I think 16 is way too young to vote responsibly.When I was 16,I would
have voted for the better looking candidate, not for any issues they
might have had.
originally posted by: eletheia
a reply to: mysterioustranger
Oh I got the shivers reading that!!
One day he may have a daughter of that age, and we all know the soft
spot a man has for his daughters, and he would be happy for that to be
Yuk I feel quite queasy