The ‘Youth Work Changes Lives’ National Youth Work Showcase gave over 350 young people from every constituency in Ireland the chance to meet over 100 of their local TDs and Senators and share with them first-hand what they do, what they learn and the benefits of youth work for them and their communities.
RTE Drivetime spoke to young people at the event, and it was amazing to hear their views on Vote at 16. Take a listen here >>
In October, Austria was celebrating 10 years of vote@16, 16 and 17-year-olds in Estonia had a chance to cast a ballot for the first time in a local election! To mark this occasion the European Youth Forum and the Estonian National Youth Council ( ENL) organised a two-day event to provide a space for young people to discuss vote@16. John Sutton from the NYCI Vote at 16 campaign group attended. You can find out more here >>
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.
Alex Fogarty outlines our argument.