By Alex Leonards
If the Labour Party win next year’s may election, 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote.
Speaking on ITV’s Bite the Ballot, a campaign designed to encourage more young people to vote, Ed Milliband discussed plans to extend the voting pool. The Labour Party leader has said these plans are part of a “commitment to hearing the voices of young people in our democracy” and a recognition of the need to display trust in young people.
Milliband used Conservative cutting of Education Maintenance Allowances (EMA) as an example of a decision that may not have been made if younger people could vote.
According to a government census, only 38% of 18-24 year olds voted in 2012.
If 16 year olds could vote, would it have a big impact on society? Or would the trends of recent years be echoed by a lack of teenage voters?