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Vox Pop: Should 16 year olds be given the vote?

Top row, left to right: Jill Crayford-Venn, Jean Orwin, Andrew Westgate, Josh Pusey
Bottom: Beth Bains

Top row, left to right: Jill Crayford-Venn, Jean Orwin, Andrew Westgate, Josh Pusey Bottom: Beth Bains

Becca Harty asks people in Friars Square whether the UK voting age should be reduced by two years.

JILL CRAYFORD-VENN, STOKE MANDEVILLE:

“I definitely think they should, my daughter’s 16 and she’s capable of making that decision, I think it’s old enough.”

JEAN ORWIN, CUDDINGTON:

“No, I think 16 is too young, I certainly wouldn’t have used it when I was that age. I think 18 is a good age and people are mature enough to make that decision.”

ANDREW WESTGATE, STONE:

“No, I think it’s a bit too young to vote, 18 is a good age. 16 year olds genuinely don’t have enough information or experience to vote, I think it’s too much.”

JOSH PUSEY, HARTWELL:

“Yes. A lot of people don’t vote and I think it’s because they don’t vote young. You get more interested when you can vote, so I think it would get more people interested.”

BETH BAINS, PRESTWOOD:

“Yes, I don’t see why they shouldn’t. If they have all the other rights when they’re 16, they should have enough responsibility to have a vote as well, it makes sense.”

 

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