3 out of 4 young people tell Commission: We want Votes at 16!

A recent HeadsUp forum brought eight members of the Youth Citizenship Commission together with hundreds of young people to discuss citizenship – and they were told by the young people in no uncertain terms that the voting age should be lowered to 16.

The online debate was part of the Youth Citizenship Commission’s consultation on youth participation, citizenship and the voting age, and will feed directly into the Commission’s report to the Prime Minister in spring 2009. The debate was the most popular that HeadsUp has ever run, and a majority of 3 to 1 of the young people involved supported lowering the voting age to 16, and thought this might encourage young people to engage with politics.

Download the full report here.