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Voting Age (Comprehensive Reduction) Bill [HL] 2012-13
(This Bill is from a previous session)
Type of Bill:
Lords Private Members' Bill
A Bill presented by Lord Tyler to extend the franchise for parliamentary and other elections, and for referendums, to all citizens over the age of 16 years.
The Bill aims to amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 and lower the voting age from 18 to 16 years old. The Bill follows the Scottish Government's decision to let those aged 16 and 17 years old to vote in the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence.
However, the Government have stated that there is no intention to lower current voting age and is therefore, unlikely to gather enough support to pass through the House.