Lower the voting age to 16

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Our democracy is stronger when more people are able to participate in decision making.

That's why the Greens want to give 16 and 17-year-olds the optional right to vote in elections.

Young people are now, more than ever, concerned about their future.

Climate change, mental health, education and the cost of living are just some of the issues that young people are raising. They are engaging in our democracy and demanding change.

Lowering the voting age for local government elections gives young people the perfect opportunity to truly ‘think global and act local’.

Ultimately young people should have the opportunity to vote in elections at all levels and local government is a sensible place to start this reform.

Media release: Young Victorians would be able to vote in local elections under historic move by the Greens

The Victorian Greens will seek to lower the voting age for local government elections in a historic move when parliament resumes next week.