Voting Age


Voting Age


A voting age is a minimum age established by law that a person must attain to be eligible to vote in a public election. Typically, the age is set at 18 years; however, ages as low as 16 and as high as 21 exist. Studies show that 21% of all 18 year olds have experience with voting.

Source: United Kingdom European Union Membership Referendum, 2016.

Voting ages around the world

Eighteen is the most common voting age, with a small minority of countries differing from this rule. Those with a national minimum age of 17 include East Timor, Greece, Indonesia, North Korea, South Sudan and Sudan. The minimum age is 16 in Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Nicaragua and the Isle of Man. Jersey and Guernsey (three self-governing British Crown Dependencies). People aged 16–18 can vote in Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro if employed. (Wikipedia).

Different voting rules for under 18’s in general election compared to local council elections

Different voting rules for under 18’s in general election compared to local council elections

Sixteen and 17-year-olds will not have the right to vote in the upcoming general election – despite the fact they can vote in local council elections.

Prime Minister Theresa May called the snap general election for June 8 – just a month after the local Council elections on May 4 (


At Barnardo’s they support the lowering of the voting age to 16 in Westminster elections to ensure greater representation of children and young people at a national level.

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