Vote @ 16? AMs To Debate
Last autumn I went with a couple of Sprouters to an event called Politics Versus Young People at the Pierhead building in Cardiff Bay (the best structure down there - take that Wales Millennium Centre!).
It was a cracking event where questions about tuition fees, EMA funding, the minimum wage and of course the voting age flew around the room.
Next week the discussion about lowering the voting age in our country takes a huge leap forward as it is scheduled to be debated in the National Assembly for Wales. On Wednesday 4th July 2012 AMs will for the first time deliberate on this motion, which was put forward by Julie Morgan AM, Aled Roberts AM, Bethan Jenkins AM (who was at #PVYP2011) and Paul Davies AM; you can be there too as there is a public gallery at the Senedd (it’s best to book rather than rock up).
Yet it’s a school day and seeing as this’ll be up on CLIC too, you might not be able to simply pop down the Bay. It’s also definitely a listening gallery rather than a ranting gallery, so please share your views on lowering the voting age in Wales in the comments section below. There are passionate arguments for and against the idea (such as; if you’re old enough to work, you should be able to vote; many 18-24 year olds don't currently vote so why would 16 year olds want to vote? If a 16 year old can be charged as an adult, they should be allowed to vote; young people may not take voting seriously) but what do you think?
- Keith Towler: The Q&A
- Comp: Shoot Democracy
- Politics Versus Young People
- Hot Seat Special: Vaughan Gething AM
- UK Youth Parliament Proves Voting Age Should Remain