Votes for 16 Year Olds

Hi we are Ruby and Sam, Bristol Labour supporters campaigning for Thangam Debbonaire.

 

Although we are too young to vote in the 2015 election, we have still found a way to meaningfully participate. However, we feel that our voices need to be heard on a national level, and for this reason, the voting ages should be lowered to 16.

Many of today's major political issues affect under 18s, such as education and tuition fees, yet we get no say in the shaping of these policies. We are allowed to work and pay tax, yet we cannot decide how these taxes are spent. Equally, many Conservative policies directly benefit older people while ignoring the interests of the youth because we can't vote.

Decreasing the voting age will give the youth the representation we deserve, and thus politicians will have to start taking us into account. Critics often say that 16 year olds are not politically educated, but does this seem true? In the media age, young people have, and do, access to the same information available to older voters. That said, Labour will increase political education in secondary schools to encourage wider and younger participation.

We know that many young people would seize the opportunity to vote and feel excluded from the current political system. We are Britain's future, and we want to drive it.

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