Scilly’s MP Renews Calls For Lower Voting Age

Scilly's MP, Andrew George

Scilly’s MP, Andrew George

Scilly’s MP Andrew George thinks England should follow Scotland’s lead and lower the voting age.

The Scottish independence referendum brought a record voter turnout of 84.5% and it’s prompted Mr George to renew calls for the national voting age to be lowered from 18 to 16.

Andrew says the “engagement of young people in the referendum debate was one of many positive features of the campaigning and the electoral process.”

The Lib Dem MP says that his party is committed to lowering the voting age to 16 and he believes that it is now only a matter of time before we see votes at 16 rolled out across the UK.

“This should happen sooner rather than later and should apply to all elections – at national or local level,” says Andrew.

In Scilly, turnout can be higher than on the mainland for local council elections but the percentage of voters has never reached the levels seen in last week’s referendum in Scotland.

In the 1985 election, after the number of St Mary’s Council seats were trimmed from 16 to 13, 65% of eligible islanders voted.

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