The Spinoff: Make it 16 – a teenager on why we should lower the voting age

Written by Azaria Howell, Nov 29th 2018

Aren’t Can’t Don’t: Contrary to popular opinion, lots of young people care deeply about politics and are desperate to have their voices heard, writes youth journalist and activist Azaria Howell.

On September 24th, 2018, I rushed to the mailbox to see what I had received for my 17th birthday. To my delight, a card (that had doubled as lunch for a few snails) from the Electoral Commission had finally arrived. Walking back to my house, that bright orange logo shone in my eyes as I fantasised about all the ways I could make a difference when I could finally vote.

I had experienced the collective dream of many teenagers in this country.

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The Conversation: How lowering the voting age to 16 could save democracy

Written by Bronwyn Wood and Nick Munn 14:02, Mar 23 2018

Former US president Barack Obama visited New Zealand this week and met with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Both leaders share an interest in youth development and their discussions focused on how to keep younger generations engaged and involved.

In the wake of the school shooting in Florida last month, there have been calls in the US to lower the voting age to 16 to give high school students power to challenge gun laws. In New Zealand, too, the idea of allowing 16-year-olds to vote has again been mooted by the children’s commissioner, Andrew Becroft.

So, what are the arguments against and for a lower voting age?

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Stuff Reader Report: Why the voting age should be reduced to 16

Written by Isobel Jaspers, Ella Thorpe and Katie Piper16:21, Aug 04 2017

“Young people are constantly being told that they need to think about their futures, yet they don’t have a say in political decisions that will affect them later on in life.

The current voting age restricts the future leaders of New Zealand from learning about the systems used in parliament like MMP, as well as about the voting process which will hopefully play an important part in their lives.

We are three young New Zealand women, and we want the voting age to be lowered to the age of 16.

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