Following the news that the UK Government is discussing plans to give 16 and 17-year-olds the vote in the Scottish Referendum, Votes at 16 campaigner Rhammel Afflick was interviewed by MSN News. Rhammel told MSN:
“I think it’s a question of basic rights. Every year, thousands of people take part in youth elections across the UK… there are loads of young people who are politically engaged, who understand what is going on and want involvement. It seems unacceptable that young people have these big responsibilities but actually don’t have any say over the issues that affect them.”
MSN have also posted an online poll asking the public to vote on whether the UK’s voting age should be lowered to 16. The poll currently (as at 3pm on 22 August) has 14,293 responses, with 84% of people voting against lowering the voting age.