Over 126,000 young people will miss out on voting in local and European Parliament elections
The Electoral (Amendment) (Voting at 16) Bill 2016 proposed and sponsored by Senators Fintan Warfield and Lynn Ruane last year is moving onto the next stage in the Seanad next week, Wednesday 21st March at 3pm.
As you may remember this Bill would allow up to 120,000 young people aged 16 and 17 years to vote in next year’s local and European elections.
NYCI welcomes the extension of voting rights to 16 and 17 year olds in Malta. http://www.dw.com/en/malta-lowers-voting-age-to-16-with-unanimous-backin...
Malta follows the lead taken by Austria and Scotland in recent years.
The ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ National Youth Work Showcase gave over 350 young people from every constituency in Ireland the chance to meet over 100 of their local TDs and Senators and share with them first-hand what they do, what they learn and the benefits of youth work for them and their communities.
RTE Drivetime spoke to young people at the event, and it was amazing to hear their views on Vote at 16. Take a listen here >>
In October, Austria was celebrating 10 years of vote@16, 16 and 17-year-olds in Estonia had a chance to cast a ballot for the first time in a local election! To mark this occasion the European Youth Forum and the Estonian National Youth Council ( ENL) organised a two-day event to provide a space for young people to discuss vote@16. John Sutton from the NYCI Vote at 16 campaign group attended. You can find out more here >>
The European Parliament has officially endorsed a voting age of 16 for European Parliament elections, and has asked member states to consider the proposal.
The European Parliament passed a joint report from MEPs Jo Leinen (S&D) and Danuta Hübner (EPP) on reforming EU electoral law and voted 323 to 276 in favour of giving votes to 16 and 17 years olds. As well as lowering the voting age to 16, the report included a broad package of proposals, which included electronic voting and voting rights for EU citizens living abroad.
Alex Fogarty outlines our argument.