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Poll: Should the voting age be lowered to 17?

The Constitutional Convention, kicking off today, is to consider lowering the minimum voting age. What would you do?

11-year-old Justin won't get to vote for a few years - but should 17-year-olds be given the right to vote in elections?
11-year-old Justin won't get to vote for a few years - but should 17-year-olds be given the right to vote in elections?
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

THE CONSTITUTIONAL CONVENTION – a body made up of politicians and ordinary citizens – will meet for the first time today, beginning a year-long programme of discussion which could lead to a series of new referendums on changing the Constitution.

The 100-member body has been given a programme of eight matters to discuss, but can consider any other matters too once it has time to do so.

One of the matters to be discussed is a plan to lower the voting age to 17 – a proposal which has always drawn popular support among younger people, but which is occasionally criticised as giving politicians an opportunity to pander to younger voters who typically don’t pay income tax.

So – today we’re asking, if you were a member of the Constitutional Convention, what would you say: should Ireland lower the minimum age for voting to 17?


Poll Results:

No (1060)
I'm not sure (701)
Yes (490)



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