16 and 17 year olds are now able to vote in the elections for Senator and Constables in the States of Jersey. An estimated 2000 young people will be enfranchised.
In July 2007 the Crown dependency agreed 25 votes in favour to 21 against to lower the voting age on the island from 18 to 16 from the 2008 elections. The elections will see 16 and 17 year olds voting for 29 deputies, who are elected for a three-year term, and for a third of the 12 senators who are elected for a six-year term.
Stephen Williams MP, an ongoing supporter of the Votes at 16 campaign in Parliament, has asked MPs to note the reduction of the voting age in Jersey and extend the franchise in British mainland elections to 16 too.
His motion ‘Enfranchisement of 16 and 17 year olds in Jersey’ asks: “That this House notes that elections for the States of Jersey, the island’s Parliament, are scheduled for 15th October 2008; further notes that the States passed a law in 2007 reducing the voting age to 16 years; and believes that the franchise in British mainland elections should also be extended to 16 and 17 year olds“.