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of 16 and 17 year olds say they would vote in future elections.

When they can vote, 16 and 17 year olds have higher rates of turnout than 18 to 24 year-olds – with 75% voting and 97% saying they would vote in future elections. They accessed more information from a wider variety of sources than any other age group.

Electoral Commission, 2014

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Extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds in all future UK elections.

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Young people – particularly those of school age – are leading the fight against climate change.

They’re taking to the streets to demand a better future for themselves and their peers.

These young people are among the most creative, energetic and politically focused citizens in the UK right now, and yet . . . they’re denied a vote, excluded from the franchise, barred from democracy.

We are calling on the Government to include 16 and 17 year olds in all future UK elections.

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It\'s time to give 16 and 17 yr olds the vote!

Extend the vote to 16 and 17 year olds in all future UK elections.

Young people - particularly those of school age - are leading the fight against climate change. They’re taking to the streets to demand a better future for themselves and their peers. These young people are among the most creative, energetic and politically focused citizens in the UK right now - and yet… they’re denied a vote, excluded from the franchise, barred from democracy.

From Scotland, to Brazil, to Austria, we are seeing that 16 and 17 year olds not only have the maturity to make careful and informed choices at the ballot box, but the energy and foresight to drive social change from the bottom up.

At present, the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats, the Scottish National Party and the Green Party all support votes at 16. Indeed, Ruth Davidson, leader of the Scottish Conservatives has confirmed that she is a “fully paid-up member of the ‘votes at 16’ club”.

As *another* nation-defining vote appears to be just around the corner, the time has come to recognise that democracy suffers when young people are barred from entry.

Therefore, we are calling on (the political class/politicians/the Government) to include 16 and 17 year olds in all future UK elections.

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