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Local Government: Elections

Question for Cabinet Office

UIN 905322, tabled on 16 May 2018

Whether he has made a recent assessment of the potential merits of reducing the voting age to 16 in local government elections; and if he will make a statement.

Answered on

16 May 2018

The Government stated in its manifesto a commitment to maintain the current voting age at 18. The age of 18 is widely recognised as the age at which one becomes an adult and gains full citizenship rights. The Government therefore has no plans to lower the voting age.

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Cabinet Office
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