Reduce the voting age in New Zealand to 16

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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. The age of 16 is already a milestone in terms of other legislation. People above the age of 16 are able to consent to sexual intercourse, agree to or refuse medical treatment and apply for a firearms license amongst other things. Isn’t it strange that 16-year-olds are legally allowed to buy a chainsaw but don’t have the right to vote?

As the youth of New Zealand, we are the next generation who will one day be the leaders of this country. We deserve a say in the decisions made in our country and for our voices to be heard on the issues that matter most to us.

We have started this petition to gauge support of this proposed change. If you think that the voting age in New Zealand should be lowered to 16, please sign it.

Here's to the future,

Ella, Katie and Izzy

 

 



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