Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?
 
In Strathcona County, council is looking at lowering the municipal election voting age from 18 to 16.
 
Ward 4 Councillor Bill Tonita brought the idea to the table.
 
"When I talk to young people, I get the sense that they are passionate about a whole host of issues and they want to be engaged and they want to be taken seriously."
 
This summer, Calgary City Council requested the province to review the idea of lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 for municipal elections.
 
In Scotland, 16 and 17-year-olds are allowed to vote.
 
"I see this as a wonderful opportunity to increase voter engagement."
 
On Tuesday (Oct.30), county council passed a motion that the mayor write to the Minister of Municipal Affairs to request that lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 for municipal elections be considered as part of the ongoing review of the Local Authorities Election Act.

 

 

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