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NYCI has been campaigning to extend voting rights to young people aged 16 and 17 years since 2009. In January 2013 the Constitutional Convention following a presentation in favour (from NYCI) and against the proposal voted to support the introduction of voting rights for 16 and 17 year olds.

European Parliament backs right for 16 & 17 year olds to vote in European Elections

The European Parliament has officially endorsed a voting age of 16 for European Parliament elections, and has asked member states to consider the proposal. 

The European Parliament passed a joint report from MEPs Jo Leinen (S&D) and Danuta Hübner (EPP) on reforming EU electoral law and voted 323 to 276 in favour of giving votes to 16 and 17 years olds.  As well as lowering the voting age to 16, the report included a broad package of proposals, which included electronic voting and voting rights for EU citizens living abroad.

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