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What we want

We want the law changed so that 16 and 17-year-olds can vote in General, Presidential, Local and European Parliament elections.

To allow young people aged 16 and 17 to vote in a Dáil or Presidential election or in referenda, a constitutional amendment is required, which needs to be put to the people in a referendum. In 2013, the Constitutional Convention which discussed the matter recommended that Government should put such a referendum to the people. This unfortunately has not happened to date.

However a referendum is not required to allow young people aged 16 and 17 to vote in Local and European Elections. With the next Local and European elections taking place in 2019, we are calling for legislation to be passed to enfranchise the estimated 126,000 young people who will be 16 and 17 years in 2019.