After lots of discussion recently about whether 16 and 17-year-olds should be able to vote, teenager Lily Linke started an online petition to call for the voting age to be lowered to 16. We interviewed her about the petition.
What made you decide to start a petition?
– The EU referendum had made me notice, for the first time, how much politics really affects the younger generations. My own frustration and the frustration of people around my age (13 – 18) at the referendum result was what really fuelled the decision as many of us felt that the older voters had dramatically altered our future without regard for what would be right for us. According to the BBC, 73% of 18-24 year olds voted Remain, they are the youngest group able to vote, and the group that the results would affect the most. But were out voted by people who have already been through the majority of their lives, bought their houses, had children, travelled and worked, the people who the results wouldn’t affect. On...
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