The British Youth Council begun campaigning on Votes at 16 in 1998; and 2003 the Votes at 16 coalition was launched, this is a national group of UK youth organisations and other supporters of the campaign. Since its launch, we have seen major progression in the campaign, including 16 and 17 year olds voting in the Scottish independence referendum in 2014. The power to lower the voting age to 16 is being transferred to the Scottish Parliament and the National Assembly for Wales, meaning that 16 and 17 year olds may be voting in Scotland and Wales as early as 2016. Several major political parties are committed to lowering the voting age to 16 if elected into government.

In 2014 the Youth Select Committee (YSC) launched a report on 'Lowering the Voting Age to 16'. The enquiry, conducted by a mixture of young leaders and elected representatives, considered both written and oral evidence over a 6 month period and concluded that the right to vote should be extended to those aged 16 and 17.  The Youth Select Committee (YSC) is a British Youth Council initiative, supported by the House of Commons. You can find the report here.

We have also had success in our Adopt a Lord campaign, where over 500 young people have committed to lobbying a member of the House of Lords for the Votes at 16 campaign.

For more information on our campaign history and progress, click here.

For more information about the campaign and how you can get involved, visit the Votes at 16 website.

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