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Give 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote

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My name is Maymunah - I am sixteen years old and unable to have a say in General Elections yet these decisions will affect me and my generation the most. That's why I'm calling to lower the voting age to 16 so that we can make these important choices ourselves.

Democracy is the basis of Britain. Being able to vote is something that is a privilege and allows the people of Britain to take a say in how their future is affected.

Unfortunately, those whose futures hang most on the balance are unable to vote. Just like the EU referendum in which some people who voted may not even see the consequences of their decision, us as the younger generation weren't able to decide what happened to us.

Other countries like Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and the Isle of Man have the voting age at sixteen and with success. It's time we in the UK have this right too.

This is a decision that affects our future. I know people claim that 16 and 17 year olds are immature but at an age where we are legally able to have a family, get a job and other responsibilities, I and a lot of other people would agree that we are able to make decisions for ourselves.

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