16 and 17 year-olds’ voting petition – at change.org

16 and 17 year-olds should be allowed to vote in the UK’s EU referendum. Change.org are running a petition, I expect it’s not the only one of its kind. If you agree: go for it, click the button:

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Most 16 and 17 year-olds I know are more clued-up and au courant with the world’s social comings and goings than people in their 30s and 40s. It’s probably because they’re at school, they’re learning right now, and their minds aren’t yet battered by insurance policies, having kids, mortgages, and booze, which they’re not supposed to drink yet. But really: the outcome of a general election lasts four or five years, so it’s not a complete disaster if teenagers miss the boat in having their say. But this referendum’s influence will last decades. The thought of some socially engaged, firingly intelligent 16 or 17-year-old not being able to have his or her say, but some overweight 50-something Sun reader plodding down to the polling station and voting for Brexit “because of all those damned foreigners” makes me so cross I want to start hitting things.

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