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    Call to lower voting age to 16
    | Thursday, 21 June 2007

    The bill – Civics Education and Voting Age – would be ready for the next ballot of members' bills.

    "The main effect of the bill would be to lower the voting age to 16 – and this change would go hand in hand with making civics education a compulsory part of the national education curriculum," Ms Bradford said.

    "At 16, young people can get married, have children, and be taxed. If we are serious about trying to get young peoples' voices into the public arena and heard in places of power, they should be allowed to vote."

    Ms Bradford said making civics education part of the compulsory education curriculum was a great opportunity.

    "Lowering the voting age and teaching them civics can help young New Zealanders get on track to being better informed, more engaged citizens."

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    Lowering voting age to 16 rejected
    5:00AM Monday July 23, 2007
    By Mike Houlahan

    A proposal by Green MP Sue Bradford to lower the voting age to 16 has received short shrift from respondents to a Herald-DigiPoll.

    An overwhelming 91.3 per cent of people polled said the voting age should not be lowered from 18 to 16.

    Just 6.8 per cent agreed with the franchise being extended to 16-year-olds.

    The result did not surprise Ms Bradford, who said she had seen similar survey results elsewhere.

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