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Labour Plans To Lower Voting Age To 16

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Lowering the voting age could be one of the first acts of a new Labour government as the party wants 16- and 17-year-olds to be able to vote in the London mayoral election of 2016, one of Ed Miliband's closest allies will say on Friday.

In a speech in London, Sadiq Khan, the shadow justice secretary, will say lowering the voting age is at the heart of the party's plans for constitutional reform.

Khan hopes to have legislation to change the voting age in place by the London mayoral contest of 2016, but the timing means a constitutional reform bill would have to be passed speedily to give young people time to register to vote.

Khan will argue that lowering the voting age is a crucial way of tackling "the public's malaise towards all things political".

What will change that malaise if for our political elite to step away from the trough and start engaging the people. However greed will prevent that from happening so we have gimmicks like this.

However I have read various people eg Franklin Voter Turnout and the Dynamics of Electoral Competition in Established Democracies since 1945 argue that the voting age should be lowered to 15 so that individuals can get into the voting habit at school.

He did argue in the book that the other way to address turnout would be to increase the voting age, but as the older age groups are busy creating debts for the young to pay they should be given the vote.

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Must have done some research that young people wave the red flag before putting on the blue carpet slippers.

Frankly, how about getting rid of the first past the post voting system. You might get more people to vote that way if that is really what you want.

Unfortunately people voted against one particular alternative for this recently so all of the possible alternatives are probably going to be off the table for at least a decade :(

Given politicians notoriously pander to pensioners for votes anything which increase the percentage of votes held by younger people seems like it might be at least slightly helpful, but I suspect that's because I've not yet seen the catch...

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