Law can change in New Zealand, even 16-year-olds will be able to vote

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The New Zealand government is considering lowering the voting age. If this happens, then even 16-year-olds will get the right to vote. New Zealand is considering legislation to allow 16-year-olds to vote following a Supreme Court ruling. One comment states that the current voting age of 18 is discriminatory. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has promised to introduce a law in Parliament.

The decision to consider giving voting rights to 16-year-olds was taken after a historic decision by the Supreme Court. According to a report in The Guardian, the court said that the current age of 18 was discriminatory and violated the human rights of youth. While PM Jacinda Ardern personally supports the change. A bill to lower the voting age would require the support of at least 75 percent of the total MPs in Parliament. But the government currently does not have the numbers to pass such a bill.

Jacinda Ardern told The Independent that I personally support the lowering of the voting age, but it is not just a matter of me or even of the government. Any change in such electoral law requires 75 per cent parliamentary support.

 The New Zealand court argued that young people should be able to vote on issues such as the climate crisis, which will adversely affect them and their future. Only a few countries like Brazil, Austria, and Cuba allow people under 18 years of age to vote.