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Meg consults young people in Sheffield on the voting age

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Do you think the voting age should be lowered to 16? Do you think people under the age of 21 should be allowed to stand for Parliament or as a Councillor?

The Electoral Commission is currently consulting on this and there is one final week to get your thoughts in to them (ends October 31st).

Meg Munn MP, (PPS in the Department  for Education and Skills), has welcomed the consultation, would like to encourage all young people to take this opportunity to express their views.

She said

“The  electoral commission wants to know what young people think about the idea of lowering the voting age and standing for election. A consultation document called '16-18-21?' has questions for you to answer by post or email. The document is available online on the electoral commission website - www.electoralcommission.org.uk

The consultation asks such questions as

Would lowering the voting ages help build trust between young people and politicians?

What do you think should be the minimum voting age in the UK?

What should be the lowest age at which you can stand for election in the UK?

Should it be the same for all levels of election (e.g. Local, General, European)?

I urge young people in Sheffield to respond to the commission with their views, and if any of them want to write to me with their views too then that will great. I have an open mind at the moment and I would love to hear from 16 and 17 year olds whether they think these are good ideas.”

ENDS

To vote in all elections in the UK an individual must be at least 18 years old. This requirement is now contained in the Representation of the People Act 1983, although it was first enacted in 1969.

To stand as a candidate, an individual must be at least 21 years old. This is found in different legal provisions, dependent on the body or office for which the election is being held.

In the UK, there is no standard legal ‘age of majority’, with different minimum ages applying in relation to different activities. For example:

? 10 (8 in Scotland): criminal responsibility;

? 13: part-time employment;

? 16: leave education, enter full-time employment, have sex, smoke, play the National Lottery, join a trade union, apply for a passport, pay tax and National Insurance, and (with parental consent) join the armed forces, get married, or leave home;

? 17: drive a car or light motorbike;

? 18: buy alcohol without a meal, gamble in a betting shop or casino, be tried in an adult court, serve on a jury, and do without parental consent those things exercisable at 16 only with;

? 21: drive larger and more powerful motor vehicles.

 


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