Jo has backed the Votes at 16 campaign ahead of May’s Scottish elections and AV referendum.
Votes at 16 is a UK-wide coalition of young people, organisations and politicians calling for the voting age to be lowered from 18 to 16.
Over 1.5 million 16 and 17 year-olds across the country are currently unable to vote, and with the Scottish elections and AV referendum approaching, Jo has pledged her support for this important campaign. Jo was Parliament’s youngest MP when she was elected in 2005, and has pressed for the voting age to be lowered since then.
Commenting, Jo said:
“I have met many 16 and 17 year-olds in my constituency of East Dunbartonshire with many responsibilities such as part-time jobs and paying taxes, yet are still deemed too young to be trusted with a vote in our democratic elections.
“Past polls show that a majority of young people are in favour of the voting age being reduced to 16 and by that age people are young adults, inheriting a range of legal rights and can even join the armed forces. It is therefore vital that we continue to make the case for giving 16 year-olds a voice at the ballot box so their rights reflect their responsibilities.”
“I encourage people of all ages to back the Votes at 16 campaign by visiting www.votesat16.org.uk and becoming a supporter too.”
The campaign can be found at www.votesat16.org.uk.
Jo is featured on the supporters’ map on the campaign’s new interactive website.
The campaign website is run by the Votes at 16 coalition, a group of over fifty youth and democracy organisations.