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Lower the voting age - Fearon

19 September, 2014 - by Megan Fearon


Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon has said that the involvement of 16 and 17 year-olds in the Scottish Referendum has shown that the voting age should be lowered.

 The  Newry & Armagh MLA said; 

"It is important that the voices of young people are heard and lowering the age to sixteen would be an important step in allowing more people to participate in the democratic process.

"Scotland has shown that young people are eager to participate in the democratic process.

"In other countries, such as Austria, where younger people have the vote the indications are that they are more likely than other age groups to vote.

“It is now time that young people were given the right and responsibility to vote."

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