7 May 2022

Dr Andy Mycock: lessons from UK on lowering the voting age

From Saturday Morning, 8:45 am on 7 May 2022
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The group behind the Make It 16 campaign will soon be heading to the New Zealand Supreme Court to seek declaration that preventing 16 and 17 year-olds from voting is age discrimination and a breach of the Bill of Rights. 

Andy Mycock works with a UK group advocating for lowering the voting age and has been following developments in New Zealand closely. Mycock says it’s noteworthy that campaigners here have adopted a legal route to potential reform. He says it goes against the mainstream constitutional approach adopted in other countries - such as Scotland and Wales - where supportive political parties passed parliamentary legislation to reform the voting age.

The Beehive. Parliament, Wellington.

Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone