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NYCI supports the Bill sponsored by Senator Fintan Warfield, Lynn Ruane and Padraig Mac Lochlainn to allow young people to vote in the next Local and European Elections in 2019, which will be presented to Seanad Éireann for a second stage reading on March 29th 2017. This legislation is in line with our 2016 General Election Manifesto recommendation. If passed it would facilitate up to 126,000 young people aged 16 and 17 years to vote and determine who will represent them on local councils and in the European Parliament. NYCI calls on all members of the Oireachtas to support this legislation.
Details of the Bill available at  http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=33373&&CatID=59 .

European Parliament backs right for 16 & 17 year olds to vote in European Elections

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.

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