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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Our unrepresentative democracy

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So young voters aren't apathetic - but they do feel left out. I've got news for them. They're right. They are left out. Gen Y is ignored. Significant numbers of 16 year olds are in the workforce. Significant numbers of 16 year olds draw social security benefits because they are not in the workforce but want to be. Significant numbers of 16 year olds can look forward to a lifetime of debt as the price of a university education. Isn't it about time that 16 and 17 year olds were included in the democratic process so they can have a say in the economic power that is governing their lives. In spite of the conservative challenges to the education system, young people are well educated.
Let's give 16 year olds the vote.