Lower the U.K.'s minimum voting age to 17-years-old.
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On the 18th of June 2015, the 'Reduction of Voting Age' Bill was passed in Scotland, allowing 16/17-year-olds to vote in elections and referendums. In the referendum for Scottish independence, roughly 100,000 under 18's signed up to vote, which was an estimated 80% of those eligible. The overall voting turnout for the referendum was 84%, a figure that has not been seen in a general election since 1950. Scotland is the only country in the U.K. that has a lower minimum voting age than 18.
In the U.K, at the age of 17, young people are eligible to:
- Be interviewed by the police without an adult present.
- Donate blood.
- Drive alone if they have a full license and proper insurance.
- Move out of a family home.
- Join the armed forces.
- Get married.
With Scotland proving that under 18's are going to get fully engaged in politics if the voting age was low enough, and other activities that 17-year-olds are eligible for proving that they are responsible enough to make a mature, informed decision about their future, I believe that the voting age should be lowered across the U.K. to 17-years-old.
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