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The Votes at 16 Coalition campaigns for 16 and 17 year olds to be able to vote in all UK public elections. We are made up of leading youth and democracy organisations from across the UK. You can find our more about the Votes at 16 Coalition members here by visiting our who are we page.
The Votes at 16 Coalition believe that 16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world in which they live, and are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as any other citizen.
We believe that participation in free elections is a fundamental human right. People who can work full-time, pay income tax or national insurance contributions, get married or enter a civil partnership, consent to medical treatment, and join the armed forces should be entitled to this right.
For more information go to the About Votes at 16 page.
The Votes at 16 Coalition was launched in 2003. You can read more about our history in the campaign history page.
You can research about why the voting age should be lowered to 16 and find out who is part of the Votes at 16 Coalition in About Votes at 16. You can also find case studies of what people across the UK are doing to support the campaign in our Support Showcase.
You can find inspiration on how to run your own campaign on Votes at 16, with resources and top tips for campaigning in Get Involved.
There are many different ways you can do something locally to support the Votes at 16 campaign – whether this is in your community, at your school or in your college or university. Find resources and downloads here.
You can currently vote at 16 if you: