Group of young people with sign up sheetThe Youth Citizenship Commission has today published evidence that two-thirds of respondents to its consultation back Votes at 16.

The consultation ran from November 2008 – January 2009, with the government-backed Commission receiving 488 responses. Of this 66% backed lowering the voting age to 16 and the majority backed lowering the voting age to 16 in all UK elections.

Today’s news demonstrates yet again the high level of support for Votes at 16. The Government should listen loud and clear: Britain wants Votes at 16. The time is right for voting age reform; the time for action is now!

We want to thank everyone who put time and effort into responding. All of us should feel very pleased with the results – your input and submissions have made a real difference to the Commission’s deliberations! The Commission will be releasing their final report in June this year.

The Youth Citizenship Commission is headed by Professor Jonathan Tonge of Liverpool University, and was launched by the Government to deliver Gordon Brown’s pledge to investigate the case for lowering the voting age. As well as leading the consultation on the voting age, it is examining ways of developing young people’s understanding of citizenship and increasing their participation in politics.