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Poll: Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote in elections?

The National Youth Council of Ireland wants the voting age lowered. Do you think 16-year-olds should be franchised?

Síofra Hughes, 1, waits as her mother Siobhán votes in October's presidential election.
Síofra Hughes, 1, waits as her mother Siobhán votes in October's presidential election.
Image: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

A NEW CAMPAIGN being launched today is urging the constitutional convention to consider the national voting age – asking that it be lowered to 16.

The National Youth Council of Ireland, which is behind the ‘Vote@16′ campaign, says young people only appear disillusioned with politics because public representatives are not interested in the issues of non-voters.

They argue that 16-year-olds are able to leave school and take up work – paying taxes – or join the Defence Forces, and should therefore be given an opportunity to have a say in how their country is run.

On the other hand, however, it can be argued that teenagers are more vulnerable to ‘auction politics’ – and that 16-year-olds committing criminal acts are not always treated as adults by the courts.

Today we’re asking how you would feel about proposals to lower the voting age from 18 to 16.

Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote in elections?


Poll Results:

No - keep it at 18 (1159)
Yes (881)
No - but lower it to 17 (236)
I don't know (53)




Read: Youth lobby launches campaign seeking votes for 16-year-olds

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