Year of the Young People: UK voting rights should start at 16 (The National)

THIS year I turn 16. It feels a very fitting birthday to have during the Year of Young People. I’ll be able to marry, begin a family, leave home, pay taxes and, most excitingly, vote in Scottish elections and referendums.

Throughout my childhood I was taught the importance of voting. My mother would take me to the polling station with her, and explain how women died for our right, so it was so incredibly important for us to use that right.

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Tom Mauchline