Councillor Katherine Wilson and Councillor Dominic Beck will present a motion calling for votes at 16 at the Council Meeting being held today of Rotherham Council. The motion states:
“Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council notes:-
That currently 1.5 million 16 and 17 year olds are denied the vote in public elections in the UK.
That the campaign to lower the voting age is supported by thousands of young people across the UK and that the following a nationwide consultation, the UK Youth Parliament voted it as their national campaign for 2017.
This Council believes:-
16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world in which they live and are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as any other citizen;
Lowering the voting age to 16, combined with strong citizenship education, would empower young people to better engage in society and influence decisions that will define their future.
People, who can consent to medical treatment, work full-time, pay taxes, get married or enter a civil partnership and join the armed forces should also have the right to vote.
This Council resolves:-
To write to the Minster for the Constitution, local MPs and the local media to inform them of their decision to support Votes at 16 and to promote this policy through its communications.
Proposer:- Councillor Wilson Seconder:- Councillor Beck.”