Published: 10:15, 07 March 2018 |
Updated: 10:33, 07 March 2018
A council is to vote on whether to petition the Government to lower the voting age to 16.
Following the example of the Scottish referendum, Maidstone Borough Council will determine whether young people should be able to vote.
It comes as a private members’ bill was launched in Parliament last July by Labour MP Jim McMahon.
The debate is set to continue in the House of Commons on May 11.
Ahead of the full council meeting tonight, Cllr Brian Clark (Lib Dem) wrote: “We believe that encouraging participation in the political process is a valuable means of engaging young people in modern society and note proposals in both the Welsh Assembly and Scottish Parliament for a reduction of the voting age to 16, along with cross party support at Kent County Council.
“We recognise the important contribution of 16 and 17 year olds to the Scottish independence referendum and believe that the young people of Maidstone should also play a role in determining the future of their borough and country.”
In 2014, Kent County Council chairman Peter Homewood wrote to then Prime Minister David Cameron in support of lowering the voting age.
Sixteen and 17-year-olds in Wales and Scotland can vote in local elections while the voting age in England and Northern Ireland remains 18.
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