Voting at 16?
Premier John Horgan says he’s not against the voting age in B.C. being lowered to 16 but the issue needs some discussion before it moves on.
B.C. Green Party leader, Andrew Weaver, introduced a Private Member’s bill to lower the voting age to 16 in B.C. for the third time.
He says research shows that the cognitive skills required to make calm, logically informed decisions are firmly in place by the age of 16.
Horgan says MLA’s will have time to fan out to their constituencies during the spring break of the Legislature to find out what residents think about the idea……
Voting rights have been extended to 16 year-olds in Scotland, Argentina, Austria and Brazil and evidence from those jurisdictions shows that allowing for the participation of young voters leads to substantially higher levels of political participation.