Vote England is a secure voting platform to allow everyone in England, 18 and over, to register their preference on a wide range of issues. It is one person one vote and every vote counts.
MPs are set to debate and vote whether or not 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote on Britain’s continued membership of the EU. There are approximately 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds in the UK who are unable to vote. In the recent Scottish Independence Referendum the franchise was granted to 16 and 17 year olds and there is a belief that it has increased political awareness amongst a normally reluctant age group. 16 and 17 year olds are able to leave school, get a job, pay tax, get married and join the Armed Services. Are 16 year olds capable of making decisions based on a number of factors or will they just be persuaded by the popular agenda set out by the celebrity of the day?
Votes at 16 will inspire young people to become more aware and involved in the civic and political world around them. It will encourage them to utilise their energy in a useful manner to society.
It is dangerous to bring politics into the school, it can be divisive and adversarial. It might actually discourage some young people from making public their beliefs if against the popular tide.
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