Spinoff: I’m 17 and I’m ready to vote. Here’s why I should count in this year’s election

Written by our very own Co-Director, Gina Dao-McLay, June 18 2020

Gina Dao-McLay from the Make it 16 campaign on how lowering the voting age could make all the difference.

My 18th birthday is eight days after September’s general election. I want to vote. I’m ready to vote. But the law currently stops me from doing so.  

As co-director of Make it 16, a campaign launched last year to lower the voting age here in Aotearoa, we’re taking a case to the High Court arguing that the current voting age of 18 is unjustified age discrimination and that it’s inconsistent with the Bill of Rights Act. The High Court has confirmed it will test the rights of 16 and 17-year-olds to vote on Monday 24 August – less than two weeks before voting begins for this year’s general election.

Make it 16 is taking this court case as we believe in a truly strong, thriving democracy.  Just like previous extensions of the franchise, extending the voting age to 16 will make our democracy better.

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