'Just as competent and just as affected' - Debate widens on lowering voting age to 16

'Just as competent and just as affected' - Debate widens on lowering voting age to 16

MPs are to debate the voting age

Friday, November 3, 2017

MPs are to have a debate today (November 3) on whether 16 and 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote, sparking much discussion on Twitter.

The proposal was put forward by Labour MP Jim McMahon and thus is a private member's bill, according to The Guardian.

However, due to this it's thought that it will be unlikely to be made law, particularly as the Tories are not in agreement with the idea.

Earlier this year, Prime Minister Theresa May said: "We expect people to continue in education or training until the age of 18, and I think that is the right point for the voting age.”

But it does have support from Labour, the Liberal Democrats, the SNP, The Green Party and Plaid Cymru, so it isn't impossible that it could become a larger issue in politics.

Some people seem to suggest it would be a good idea if 16-year-olds are able to vote, claiming if they can get married and pay taxes, they should get a say.

Other claim 16-year-olds aren't mature enough to make an informed vote and think it's just Labour trying to increase support.

Take a look at the reaction below

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