16-17 year-olds in Scotland and Wales are able to vote in local and national parliamentary elections. Their peers in England and Northern Ireland are not allowed to vote in any election until the age of 18. Unequal voting rights for young people is unfair and goes against the UK Government commitment on ‘levelling up’ the UK. We demand the devolution of electoral franchise powers to establish equal voting rights, and statutory democratic education for all young people across the UK.
We ask elected representatives from all political parties in every local authority, combined authority, and in Westminster to support our campaign to the ‘level up’ of electoral franchise rights for 16-17 year-olds including:
Young people across the North West attended the recent People's Powerhouse Annual Convention and gained the support of Dan Jarvis MP and Mayor Jamie Driscoll, with Andy Burnham previously supporting the campaign at the Mayor's Question Time.
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For further details about the Fair and Equal voting rights in the North West, please contact: Rachael Townsend (she/her), Communications Manager, Youth Focus North West via firstname.lastname@example.org
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