High court turns down 'Make it 16' vote campaign

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Oct 2020, 12:50PM
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High court turns down 'Make it 16' vote campaign

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 8 Oct 2020, 12:50PM

Campaigners wanting to lower the voting age to 16 have failed to convince the High Court the current law is unjustified age discrimination.

The Make it 16 campaign is fighting to lower the voting age, but the High Court has declined its application for a declaration of inconsistency under the Bill of Rights Act.

Make it 16 campaigner Ella Flavell told Tim Dower one person, one vote is a fundamental principle of our society.

"In Scotland, lowering the voting age has increased people's participation once they start voting at 16."

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