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Support for Votes at 16

 

There are over 1.5 million 16 and 17 year-olds in the UK currently unable to vote in elections.  Young people, organisations and a network of politicians are part of a UK wide campaign calling for the voting age to be lowered.

Dawn has become an official support of the campaign’s new interactive website and is featured on the site’s supporter’s map:

Commenting, Dawn said:

“I would very much like to see the voting age lowered to 16, and am happy to support the aims of the Votes at 16 Coalition.  During my 24 years as an MP I’ve met many school and college students aged 16 and 17 who have been very interested in politics and keen to engage in the political process.  The young people I’ve met hold strong views on a wide range of political issues and I believe it’s only fair that they are given the chance to have their say on national and local matters via the ballot box in line with the other opportunities they have at that age.

“I call on people of all ages to back this campaign by visiting the site and becoming a supporter too”.


The campaign can be found at www.votesat16.org.uk.  The website is run by the Votes at 16 coalition, a group of over fifty youth and democracy organisations, who are steered by the British Youth Council, The Co-operative, the Children’s Rights Alliance for England, the National Union of Students and Scottish Youth Parliament.

 

Posted: 6 April 2011

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