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Voting at 16
By Ryan Morrison
The islands 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote at the next election.
After months of debate in schools, on the street and here on bbc.co.uk/jersey the voting age in Jersey is to be lowered to 16.
Jersey will follow the Isle of Man in reducing its age of majority from 18 to 16 after a two hour debate and fairly close vote in the States.
States members decided to give more teenagers to the right to vote in elections.
While some politicians thought it was merely well meaning, others argued it'll give teenagers a chance to influence matters that affect them.
Voters in polling booths on election day
Senator Ben Shenton was one of those who wasn't convinced.
He told the States "I wonder whether it’s the lack of electoral reform that this is a last desperate attempt to try and get voting figures up because we can't address what the public have asked for and reform the States".
However there were those in favour of the proposition, this band included Senator Paul Routier, who'd campaigned for people with special needs to have better voting rights. He said negative views were irrelevant.
He told the house "Some members are worried there is a danger, that the skies are going to fall in, that we're going to get ourselves into a position where people are going to make decisions we don't like - make wrong choices".
In the end the vote was carried by 25 votes to 21.
In her summing up speech, Deputy Labey felt that 16 and 17 year olds should be able to feel they have the right to speak to the islands politicians.
She said: "Why should they not be able to talk about such issues to the politicians on this island on equal terms as voters. Not only talk but crucially feel that their opinions matter and that they are being listened to as well".
Jersey will now join a small group of places from around the world that allow 16 and 17 year olds to vote.
That group includes The Isle of Man, Brazil and Serbia.
Brazil has compulsory voting for anyone between the age of 18 and 70, but allows 16 and 17 year olds to vote if they want.
Serbia and Montenegro have a voting age of 18 unless you’re employed at 16, in which case, you can then vote.
Over to You
How do you feel about 16 year olds having the right to vote in Jersey? Are you mature enough to make decisions on how the country is run at 16?
Now the voting age has been reduced to 16 should the age of becoming a States Member be reduced as well?
last updated: 04/07/07
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