Votes at 16

Year 11 Students at Idsall School, Shifnal, Shropshire wrote to the Shropshire Star about the idea of extending the right to vote to 16 year olds. http://www.shropshirestar.com/news/2011/02/23/letter-should-the-voting-age-be-lowered-to-16/

I absolutely support the idea to lower the age of voting to 16 and well done to the students for bringing the debate to the letters page of the Shropshire Star, although, they may not get quite the quality of debate they had in your lesson.

Young people are interested in political issues and are politically active; from climate change to racism, from education to crime. Voting is the fundamental way that we have our say on issues, and I think that at 16, young people are mature enough to be properly listened to.

They should absolutely have the right to add their voices to our debates on issues that will impact on their generation.

Bravo to Year 11 Idsall School!

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