‘Time to lower voting age to 16’ – Fearon

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said that the involvement of 16 year olds in the vote on the Scottish Referendum has ‘shown clearly’ that the voting age should be lowered to that age.

Sinn Fein MLA Megan Fearon

The Newry & Armagh MLA, who secured support for a motion in conjunction with the Green Party calling for the voting age to be lowered to 16 years in the Assembly nearly two years ago, said, “It is important that the voices of young people are heard and lowering the age to sixteen would be an important step in allowing more people to participate in the democratic process. “Scotland has shown that young people are eager to participate in the democratic process and in countries like Austria where younger people have the vote the indications are that they are one of the biggest sectors that vote. She added, “It is now time that young people were given the right and responsibility to vote.”
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