Posts Tagged ‘election’

UK Revolt: Youth Demand Lower Voting Age

January 5, 2010

It’s not just British politicians like Gordon Brown who are fighting for a lower voting age. It’s also young people themselves. At St John Fisher Catholic High School in Newcastle, students are creating posters and banners in support of a lower voting age as part of a citizenship project. Why do these students support lowering the voting age to 16? Says Charlotte Barber (age 14):

At 16, you are old enough to pay taxes and get married, so why not vote? All children are taught citizenship from the age of five. Therefore, by 16 are more than capable of making a proper, informed decision on who they think should run our country.

Now students in the U.S. need to step up and get this movement started! Some already have been! See youtube videos on movements in New York and Florida to lower the voting age!

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Three Massachusetts Senator Candidates Support Lower Voting Age

November 30, 2009

After a LONG hiatus, I am back!  Reporting the key developments in efforts to lower the voting age in the United States and worldwide, in order to empower millions of young people to become active in bettering their society.

NOW, the voting age movement in the United States is finally getting going.

At a debate yesterday, three of the four candidates for U.S. Senator in Massachusetts SUPPORT lowering the federal voting age from 18 to 17.

This is huge news.  This is the first time that major senate candidates (one of whom will likely become the next United States senator from the state of Massachusetts) have supported reducing the voting age UNDER 18 years.

We have some momentum people!  To read the full article, go to the Massachusetts Live Article.

Youth Support Voting Age of 16 in UK: Survey

April 28, 2009

Over in the United Kingdom, where there is serious talk of lowering the voting age, the Youth Citizenship Commission asked for submissions by the general public on whether the voting age should be lowered to sixteen. The results were overwhelmingly positive:

The consultation ran from November 2008 – January 2009, with the government-backed Commission receiving 488 responses. Of this 66% backed lowering the voting age to 16 and the majority backed lowering the voting age to 16 in all UK elections.

For more details on the YCC’s finding, go to its to its Summary Report

This is a very big issue in the UK. The Electoral Reform Society, which has studied the idea extensively, also backs lowering
the voting age to 16.
According to Chief Executive Ken Ritchie, lowering the voting age would allow young people to put the civics training they already receive to a practical use.

Lowering the voting age and improving citizenship education are not mutually exclusive. 16 and 17 year olds are the first generation to have ever studied democracy and citizenship, and their demand for more information should be seen as a positive thing.

But a real gap has emerged between learning and putting that education into practice. We can’t risk separating voting off from all the work that has been done over the years to promote and develop citizenship among young people.

Lowering the voting age to 16 would reflect and support citizenship education and youth participation programmes, linking the formal democratic process to their understanding of citizenship.

The Electoral Reform Society join a host of organizations that have come out in support of lowering the voting age to 16.
These include the British Youth Council, the National Union of Students.

The people are speaking. It’s time that the politicians do their part. Now we have to develop and strengthen this movement in the USA!