Allow 16 year and 17 year olds to vote in this General Election
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This petition demands the government to allow the 16 and 17 year olds to vote in this early General Election. It is undeniable that sixteen and seventeen year olds are a key stakeholder in society. We can obtain a provisional driving licence, get a job, pay tax and join the army reserves. In other words, we can actively contribute to society and should therefore be able to decide who it is who runs the system. This is important since these decisions will directly affect us and as such it is only right that we are able to have our voices heard. As well as this, it would increase democratic accountability; introducing votes at 16 would create a system where young people are listened to instead of dismissed because we cannot vote. This is more essential than ever as we are currently in the process of leaving the EU, a decision which will have major ramifications for the country. It will be young people who live with the impacts of Brexit and government policies in general. Therefore, we must be able to influence them - it is our future after all. We strongly believe that allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote will make the General Election’s result more legitimate as it will increase the turnout, and we have seen this during the Scottish referendum when around 75% of 16 and 17 year olds turned up to make their voices heard.
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