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There is still a very long way to go before votes at 16 at general elections becomes a reality

Wilks-Heeg, Stuart (2012) There is still a very long way to go before votes at 16 at general elections becomes a reality. Democratic Audit UK (10 Oct 2012). Website.

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Abstract

The negotiations between the Scottish and UK governments over the terms of the Scottish independence referendum have resulted in a deal widely trumpeted as allowing 16 year olds to vote when the ballot takes place, probably in Autumn 2014. Unsurprisingly, this move has re-awakened the wider debate about lowering the voting age, with some arguing that it almost inevitably paves the way for votes at 16 in all UK elections. Indeed, when the issue was debated on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme this morning, Natascha Engel MP, an enthusiastic supporter of lowering the voting age, was effectively accused of supporting the proposal to vary the franchise for the Scottish independence referendum as a means of lowering the voting age by stealth.

Item Type: Online resource (Website)
Official URL: http://www.democraticaudit.com
Additional Information: © 2012 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Sets: Collections > Democratic Audit Blog
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 13:42
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2020 00:24
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/81254

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