You have until the 20th of September to have your say on why the voting age should be lowered to 16. Whilst the Bill is undergoing revision to make voting more accessible, submissions can be on the entirety of the bill – including its voting age.
Why is this important?
This means that MPs will read your personalised submissions, and see that there is a movement towards greater democracy and civic engagement. This is the perfect opportunity to get our foot in the door.
SIGN THE MAKE IT 16 COMMUNITY SUBMISSION (linked soon)
SUBMIT USING OUR SUBMISSION GUIDE BELOW:
Not sure what to say? See below for some ideas. Remember, though – the more personal, the more likely they are to listen.
I stand for lowering the voting age to 16.
A strong democracy is one with high levels of public participation and where people get an equal say in the rules that govern them and the people that represent them. Unfortunately in NZ, the fundamental right to vote is not granted to those under 18.
People who are 16 can choose to leave school and their family home, work full-time, drive, and own guns. They should get a voice in our democracy.
In places where the voting age is 16, such as Scotland and Austria, they’ve seen huge benefits from lowering the age. People vote at higher rates when their first vote is while they are at High School. This embeds voting behaviours and ensures that we have a stronger democracy in the long-term.
New Zealand and the World faces huge long-term challenges. Now, more than ever, every policy made directly affects how the youth will spend the rest of their lives. Young people must have a say on the way that politicians deal with those issues because it will affect young people the most.
Voting is not about education. It’s not about background, ethnicity, gender or age. It’s a fundamental right.