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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 .

Young people tell RTE why we need Votes at 16

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 >>

Estonia, Austria: Vote@16

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 >>

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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