In 2014's Independence referendum 16 and 17 year olds in Scotland will decide on the future of the United Kingdom. So why not give all our young people a say on the small matter of their next local MP?
What's the issue?
Lowering the voting age has come into focus after the announcement of the Scottish Independence Referendum due in 2014. Giving the vote to 16 and 17 year old was part a political deal struck between British and Scottish governments - but it could be so much more.
Young people are being given a chance to decide on the future of their country. Politicians have a choice - back this one off out of naked self interest or make a lasting investment in the political education of our young people.
This is a chance to make the next generation aware of their rights and responsibilties. We can get all Britain's young people into the habit of voting as part of their education as citizens.
Who supports Votes at 16?
Support for lowering the voting age can be found amongst politicians from all political parties, the House of Lords, the Welsh Assembly and the Scottish Parliament, as well as all the leading youth sector and young people’s organisations.
We should explore the positive contribution that young people make in society and whether reducing the voting age is the best way to enhance their representation.
What you can do?
You can find out more about the Votes at 16 campaign on their website
And if you’re passionate about making politics better you can join us in our fight to build a better democracy.