Lowering The Voting Age Should Have A Positive Impact On Democracy

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The majority of countries around the world have instituted a voting age of 18, but there are a few countries who have chosen to lower the voting age to 16. In Canada, to be eligible to vote an individual must be 18 years of age, and also be a Canadian citizen.

This paper will argue that lowering the voting age would have a positive impact on democracy in Canada. This paper will assess the impact of lowering the voting age by examining countries who have already lowered the voting age to 16, the correlation between eligible Canadian voters and voter turnout and methods of ensuring participation, and finally, this paper will discuss the limitations of lowering the voting age as well as introducing solutions to these concerns that encompasses all individuals willing and able to vote.

Around the world countries specifically in South and Latin America as well as the Channel Islands have all legally lowered their national voting age to 16. These countries have managed to successfully involve their youth and have furthermore positively impacted the democracy of their country by encouraging and promoting the democratic right of their citizens to vote. Austria, being one of the most recent European countries to lower their voting age on a national level, has proven to be one of the most successful models. Other European countries such as Norway, instead of implementing a lower voting age, chose to experiment with trial elections on a municipal level.…

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