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Make the Voting Age 16

Make the Voting Age 16

Lower the voting age from 18 to 16, in time for the 2022 Local Elections

Why is this important?

Make it 16 is a youth-led campaign advocating for more people’s voices to count in our democracy.

We will have a stronger democracy if we extend the vote to young people who are most impacted by the political decisions of today. Young people should get a direct say in decisions about issues like climate change, health reforms, and debt.

You can learn more about us by watching a 20min documentary on our campaign:

Voting at 16 would help young people to start the voting habit earlier. Voting for the first time while you are still at school and part of a stable community increases turnout and interest. It will also help make current civics education in school more practical and prompt much-needed expansion of civics education.

Austria, Scotland and other countries that have a voting age of 16 have seen huge benefits, with increased youth turnout. There is momentum behind this with Wales recently lowering their voting age as well. New Zealand prides itself on being leaders of democratic reform, but we will be left behind if we don’t move soon to expand who can vote.

Signing this petition supports Make it 16’s campaign to extend the vote in Aotearoa. We are also in the Court of Appeal on 5 August 2021 arguing that the current voting age is unjustified age discrimination.

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Reasons for signing

  • Absolutely vital for our democracy and the future generations. They deserve a say enough based on human rights and the responsibilities we give them, let alone the passion and intelligence they continue to demonstrate for issues of national importance. Kia kaha rangatahi!
  • Everyone should start voting while they are still at school, so better 15 but start with 16. Make it a habit. If it becomes a habit, then young people will be a group worthy of some notice.
  • I was 10 years old when Bolger was reelected, and I was gutted. I am now 34 years old and I'm still gutted. Teenagers are smart enough to vote, and they're the ones that have to live with the consequences for the longest.


2021-06-29 18:41:21 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2021-06-28 20:54:33 +1200

500 signatures reached

2021-06-28 17:41:30 +1200

100 signatures reached

2021-06-28 17:20:16 +1200

50 signatures reached

2021-06-28 17:10:12 +1200

25 signatures reached

2021-06-28 16:57:57 +1200

10 signatures reached