I’ve long thought that the voting age in Australia should be lowered to 16 — I’ve believed this since I was 16 years old myself and had to content myself with handing out how-to-vote cards, because I was unable to actually vote. Alfie McKenzie, however, a 14 year old, who managed to vote in the recent UK election is making me re-think things — why not make 14 the legal voting age?
McKenzie gives several reasons for his choice to vote Liberal Democrat on May 6th, this one among them:
…as a socialist democrat I thought that the Liberals’ views were the most democratic out of the three main parties. I sincerely hope Nick Clegg doesn’t compromise on proportional representation in his meetings with Dave.
I think it’s quite clear from this that he is as politically engaged and as thougtful as any adults who cast their votes last week. I must admit that the civil disobedience of the act makes me smile too — hooray for non-violent potlical statements.
(And yes, I do realise that, should 14-17 year olds have the vote, not all of them would vote for the candidates that I would prefer — but that is the nature of democracy.)
Good on you, Alfie McKenzie.