Alison McGovern MP

Wirral South

Beth Taylor: Should the UK voting age be reduced to 16?

In my opinion I think the UK voting age should be reduced to 16. Personally I feel that youths nowadays have a more mature mind-set and know the importance of voting.

Youths already at the age of 16 work and pay taxes, this is an important part of life and this would imply they have the maturity to vote and make their own decisions. If the age was reduced, political parties would get more votes, increasing the chance of that party being elected in an election. The number of youths under 18 in 2012 was 1,540,600 this large number of population could make a bigger and better impact. Many youths are engaged with the government and politics and can fully appreciate and understand their policies. This again would be an advantage of reducing the voting age to 16 in the UK.

However there are some disadvantages if the age was reduced. Voting is considered by a lot of people to be very important and some youths could abuse the power of being able to vote. Some youths could be uneducated in politics and voting would be no use to them whatsoever. There is a small amount of youths who are not mentally mature to realise the actions of voting. I am debating whether reducing the age would be beneficial it has many advantages and disadvantages.

Beth Taylor

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