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Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

The Government is going to hold a referendum to lower the voting age. Good idea?

Labour Youth campaigners call for the voting age to be lowered to 16
Labour Youth campaigners call for the voting age to be lowered to 16
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

THE GOVERNMENT IS planning to hold a referendum on whether the voting age should be lowered from 18 to 16.

Youth groups have argued that allowing 16-year-olds to vote in local, national and European elections would give young people a greater say in decisions that affect their lives. Opponents argue that 16-year-olds are too young or may not have enough information to decide who to vote for.

The majority of countries allow people to vote at the age of 18 although a small number have already lowered the age to 16, including Brazil, Argentina, Austria and Estonia.

So today we’re asking: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?


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