Should the voting age be lowered to 16 years old?

There are debates on both sides. Both for and against and yes we should listen to what they have to say as we do live in a democratic society.


Voting age should be lowered to the age of 16 years old due to the fact that they are able and more treated like adults. Such as they are given more responsibility to choose the future for their lives whether planning on what schools to go to. It can also means that they are going to college or may be a tax payer and so should have the rights to say in what they want to see changed in there country which they call home. There’s arguments such as they should be allowed as they are mature and old enough to have sex and so should they not have the right in their child future. They may also wish to get married and the same question applies if they are trusted to do these things then surely they can vote.


They should be able to influence key decisions that affect their lives. As we know politicians make decisions and so we should be able to vote for those who are best to see fit. Young people’s concerns are the following: tuition fees, living wage and youth service cuts. Are more commonly ignored nowadays by politicians and influencers as they act like little children in a Nursery. Even Scotland allows their young youths to be able to vote at the age of 17 and 16 which is proven very well and large voter turnouts. While in the United Kingdom we know it’s very low due to the fact that the electorates don’t trust their MP. They’ve never done anything for them. Time consuming and they aren’t represented and so feels their vote and voice don’t count. Well we need to show it does by voting for UKIP the only party who wants to improve the country.


Back in 2017 it was reportedly that 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are too young to vote. Yet they pay taxes. Surely, this is appealing. I wish I could vote so I can support my party and so I can just have a say who represents me in Parliament. Where some feel that the voting age should be lowered to 16 – the same age at which you can legally marry, have sex, and enter the armed forces in most of the UK, others think that 18 is still too young an age at which individuals can start voting in elections. Instead, some argue that people should be given the vote in their twenties, once they've gained some life experience, are paying taxes, and can think independently” very true you can join the army. But, pointing out that everyone still immature could possibly come under Equality Act 2010 which they should not discriminate against age and come under this context. Yes there may be kids who still mess around but then adults aren’t always sensible so it’s a bit biased. Or could it possibly be that the authorities don’t want to give the power as they know there be out of their seats and no longer hold safe seats in their constituency.Back in 2004, the Electoral Commission – the independent body in charge of running and monitoring local and general elections – ran an in-depth study into whether the voting age in Britain should be lowered to 16 or kept at 18. 


Their results showed that the majority of those surveyed wanted the voting age to stay at 18. That most countries also set the voting age at 18, and that arriving at a single definition of ‘maturity’ is difficult, bolstered the argument for retaining 18 as the age of electoral majority.


In 2004, the EC said it would be reviewing voting ages again in five to seven years ‒ so the time to renew the debate will surely soon be ripe…

They keep mentioning ‘maturity’ yet the MP in House of Commons do not act mature and in fact acts as children in a playground.



People are against the votes at 16 as it will and more power to the youth in which the council don’t want to see happening as they know more children’s will get into politics which means they be more energetic and eager to please and make a difference to their communities and resolved the problem. Proven that authorities have become more ignorant against young people and are increasing taking away there rights such as voting. However, some will say that there’s too much violence. Here’s some comments regarding the right to vote:

“At 16 years of age you are able to marry, pay taxes, and leave home. You can legally have sex, which implies it is the age at which the Government deems you old enough to become a parent. If you are deemed old enough to become a parent, get married and contribute to the treasury, then you should be deemed old enough to decide who makes the policies that so greatly affect your life” Anon


“16 year olds are just as wise and politically-aware as 18 year olds” Anon


“A 16 year old can pay tax or be sent to fight for their country, but they are currently refused the right to vote for the politicians who can decide how to spend their taxes, or send them off to war” Andrew, Merseyside


“Funnily enough I campaigned for the voting age to be lowered years ago. I think that it gives youngsters more of an investment in what's happening. However, I also think voting should be compulsory as it is in other countries, for example Australia” Nicy W, Dartford


“Apathy is the biggest problem facing the UK political system. Engaging people in decision-making at a younger age would help improve this” Anon


“I believe that the 16 year-olds that would vote would be a self-selecting, politically interested minority who would add real value to the political discourse” Dan F, Edinburgh


“Not particularly passionate about it but I can understand that some 16 and 17 year-olds really want to and are just as informed as older adults (in some cases more so), so let them vote. Most people who vote haven't got a clue about politics anyway” Jon C, Coventry

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  • C Jarvis
    commented 2019-01-29 18:39:55 +0000
    No. Not until the Left Wing and Radical Left Wing influence is removed from the Education System, otherwise you are simply allowing manipulation by the type of teacher who hold those views. I would raise it to 21 in fact, but that’s possibly a little draconian