Votes at 16

Votes at 16 – with thanks to the Gloucestershire Lib Dem Group for sending this motion across.

This Council notes that currently 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are denied the vote in public elections in the UK.

This Council recognises that 16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world in which they live and are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as any other citizen.

This Council believes people who can consent to medical treatment, work full-time, pay taxes, get married or enter a civil partnership and join the armed forces should also have the right to vote.

This Council therefore requests the Leader of this Council to write to [LOCAL MP NAMES] asking that a letter be written to local representatives of the Youth Parliament to express support in lowering the voting age to 16.

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