This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government

Rejected petition Lowering the voting age to 16 within all UK elections & referendums.

16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world they live in & are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as anyone else. Participation in free elections is a fundamental human right, 16-17 have a huge contribution to make and are not being heard.

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Other countries are waking up to the idea and this issues has been ping ponged between the House of Commons and Lords since 1998, its time for a change and a real commitment to supporting the interests of at least 1.5 million potential voters, many of whom are in full-time higher education, work, are eligible for civil partnership and to be sent to war.

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