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  I think the voting age should be lowered
Updated 13 October 2003, 08.58

Experts who advise the government on elections are collecting kids' comments on voting ages. Here's what Laura thinks about it.

"I think the voting age should be lowered to 16.

If the Government is prepared to let people at the age of 16 join the army and go to war, they should let people at 16 vote for whoever they want to be Prime Minister.

After all, it is the Prime Minister who has the power to send this country to war.


Working hours

Also I think that 16 year olds are now as responsible as 18 or 20-year-olds.

Many 16-year-olds work and are affected by many of the decisions a government makes such as working hours and pay.

What's best

The only small chance they have of ensuring they can maintain their rights would be by voting for a particular party.

Can young people really leave all the decisions up to adults; do they really know what is best for young people?"

Laura, 11, Southampton


If you want to send a comment on voting age - use the link below and we will pass it on to the Electoral Commission. You have until 31 October 2003.

Why don't you write us a Press Pack report - and get it published on the site?!

It can be about anything that's happened in your local area - or your views on the news.



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