Voting age – Have your say!

Written by Paula Nicol on May 19, 2015.

With the recent elections generating so much discussion in Thanet. My thoughts turned to what must young people think about voting and their inability have their say on how the country is run over the next 5 years. We saw in Scotland recently during the referendum that 16 year olds were given the right to vote on an important issue affecting the country. In Austria, the minimum voting age is 16. How do young people get their voice heard in the UK? Perhaps, like Russell Brand, you think the voting system doesn’t make a difference, or that politics doesn’t affect you or it’s not important. Apparently ~60% of 16-24 year olds aren’t interested in politics. Is that true? I am not so sure. I think information provided by political parties is targeted at segments of society and turns the majority of the general public off. Remember only 70% of people eligible to vote in Thanet exercised that right!!