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Debate: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Debate: Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

You have to be 18 to vote in general elections in the UK, but this isn’t the case everywhere around the world.

In some elections in the UK, 16 and 17-year-olds are allowed to vote, such as for the Welsh and Scottish Parliaments.

But, young people are less likely to vote than older people.

Some people think if 16 and 17-year-olds vote, then the turnout (the percentage of people who vote) will go down. Others think that young people should be able to have a say on issues that affect them.

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