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Wales lowers age of voting for local elections.

Wales lowers age of voting for local elections.

WALES THIS MONTH HAS LOWERED THE VOTING AGE TO 16 FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS. NEWCASTLE CITY COUNCILLORS BELIEVE THIS IS THE WAY FORWARD FOR ENGLAND TO BOOST ELECTORAL TURN-OUT

 

 

Stephen Lambert examines the evidence

MOST of Britain’s principal political parties are now signed up to reducing the voting age to 16 to boost electoral turn-out in an era of declining participation in civic affairs: what some experts refer to as the ‘democratic deficit’.

In the last general election, held in 2017, only 53 per cent of young people aged 18 to 24 voted. Just under a half didn’t bother for a variety of reasons, ranging from apathy, lack of knowledge of the issues, or what the main parties stand for, alienation, anomie, or the perception that all the major political parties had nothing meaningful to offer to youngsters.

Nothing could be further from the truth; but perceptions still shape reality. The British government needs a wake- up call, if representative democracy, is to survive during the rest of the twentieth-first century.

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