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Voting right at the age of 16? – An opportunity to expand the circle of democracy

April 17, 2018
Author: Tin Kampl

Political participation of youth is an important issue that is not being addressed only by the experts, but lately also by politicians, who have realised that the ever-decreasing turnout of voters – which is especially low among the youth – has an effect on legitimacy of their election and consequently on legitimacy of their decisions and the system of democracy.

One of the measures addressing turnout of the youth in the election is the lowering of voting age, which has lately in some countries already appeared on the political agenda, and this theme will undoubtedly spring up at least in most western democracies.

Read the contribution by Tin Kampl, President of the Slovenian National Youth Council

 

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