The representation of the people act 1969 lowered the voting age from 21 to 18, with effect from 1970 and remained in force until the scottish independence referendum act 2013 which allowed 16 year olds to vote for the first time, but only in scotland and only in that particular referendum. 18th september | in scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds voted in the scottish independence referendum, marking the first time the vote has been extended to 16- and 17-year-olds in the uk the scottish independence referendum saw 80% of 16 and 17 year olds register to vote and 75% turnout to vote. I fail to see how 16-17 year olds would make a major difference, seeing as 18-24 year olds have evidently shown that young people take little interest in the elections. Path to the presidency: why is it important to vote every year, many students like you turn 18 and cast their first ballot on election day, fulfilling the most basic action in a democratic society voting is a fundamental process that keeps our system of government working. 18 year olds pay taxes, can go to war, and are ultimately affected by the choices that the government makes i am a young, independent voter and i have certainly researched and thought my choice over.
The legislation is now in committee and if the city council passes it and mayor michael bloomberg signs it into law, brewer estimates that as many as 200,000 16- and 17-year-olds would have the right to vote in city elections. It is important for people to vote in elections because it is a basic right and doing so increases the chance of electing someone who will represent their views in the 2016 elections, nearly 43 percent of eligible voters did not exercise their right to vote, according to the washington post. 7 reasons you should vote in this year's elections then there are the other important state and local officeholders on the ballot 7 reasons you should vote in this year's elections.
Giving 16 year-olds the vote would no doubt disappoint me with the enthusiasm they displayed, but it would be a step in the right direction to balancing the rule of the old people like me. Even fewer vote in in primary and local elections it's up to gen z to change this we must revitalize the american democracy and show the older generations the importance of voting by casting our. Advocates trumpet letting 16-and-17-year-olds vote in school board elections during a feb 11, 2016 rally in sacramento the bill died in committee, but a new measure would allow 17-year-olds to.
Allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections will enable them to vote before leaving home and high school, and establish a lifelong habit of voting evidence from austria confirms that extending voting rights to people after they turn 16 promotes higher turnout for first-time voters and over time. The scottish parliament voted unanimously in favour of allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote in local elections late on thursday, barely 4o minutes after the commons rejected cross-party moves to. Elections & voting one of the most important rights of american citizens is the franchise — the right to vote originally under the constitution, only white male citizens over the age of 21 were.
First, one must ask if 16 or 17 year olds are at a point where they are mature enough to vote minors, according to current laws, are not yet mature enough to take part in consuming alcohol, tobacco products and make other important consent based decisions, they lack the “temperament. In the scottish referendum in 2014 the right to vote was extended to 16 and 17 year olds with 75% of this age cohort voting given this success, the scottish government have decided to allow young people aged 16 and 17 to vote in the scottish parliamentary elections. A 16-year-old voting in the scottish independence referendum last year scotland has extended the right to vote at 16 to all elections under holyrood’s control.
When they can vote, 16 and 17 year olds have higher rates of turnout than 18 to 24 year-olds – with 75% voting and 97% saying they would vote in future elections they accessed more information from a wider variety of sources than any other age group. Under the 26th amendment, 18- to 20-year-olds are eligible to vote for president and vice president, but not for state officials up for election at the same time it was passed march 23, 1971, and ratified on july 01, 1971. New consultation proposes extending the vote to 16 and 17 year olds for local government elections, 17/07/17 [w] the cabinet secretary for local government, mark drakeford am, has released a consultation that proposes electoral reforms in local government, including lowering the voting age to 16.
The freedom to vote is america’s most important political right outside of the original bill of rights, and it is also the most hard-won right class gaps are magnified by age gaps among 18-24 year olds earning less than $30,000 turnout was 12 percent in 2014, but among those earning more than $150,000 and older than 65, the turnout rate. The report makes specific mention of takoma park, maryland, which allowed the practice to return in 1992, and also allows 16-year-old residents to vote in local elections.
Some also point to the potential for low turnout among 16 and 17-year-olds, and argue that increasing turnout and registration among 18-24 year-olds is a more important priority. Us census bureau censusgov introduction recent presidential elections, and how important it may become in the future this research, which uses data from select november 10 in 2008, 30- through 44-year-olds showed a net voter decrease of about 19 mil-lion from 2004 us census bureau 5 table 2. Should teenagers vote allowing teenagers to vote is not smart plus they could be doing more and important things then voting i believe 16 and 17 year olds should have a vote in. Yes 16 year olds are mature enough to make important decisions such as voting their bodies are fully adult, they have been educated for at least 10 years, and most of them have some experience of work as well as school.