By Philip Veerman in FD March 28, 2021 – “Cautious proposals to slightly lower the voting age are invariably rejected,” Mathijs Bouman writes in his column ‘Prohibited to vote’. Giving young people a chance to vote is not an unworldly thought.
Austria already lowered the voting age to 16 years in 2011. Scotland did this in 2013 for elections to the Scottish Parliament and City Councils. Estonia gave 16- and 17-year-olds the right to vote in local elections in 2015, after which politicians called for more skate tracks and cycle paths. In 2016 Greece lowered the age to 17 years, Malta followed by 16 years in 2018. In Germany, young people vote for municipal councils and in some federal states.