Wales High School students have shared their views on lowering the voting age to 16 along with Head Teacher, Pepe Di’Iasio.
It’s after Rotherham’s Youth Cabinet put forward a motion to the council this week asking for councillors to support the idea.
The campaign to lower the voting age is supported by thousands of young people across the UK and following a nationwide consultation, the UK Youth Parliament voted it as their national campaign for 2017.
The proposal said:
16 and 17 year olds are knowledgeable and passionate about the world in which they live and are as capable of engaging in the democratic system as any other citizen;
Lowering the voting age to 16, combined with strong citizenship education, would empower young people to better engage in society and influence decisions that will define their future.
People, who can consent to medical treatment, work full-time, pay taxes, get married or enter a civil partnership and join the armed forces should also have the right to vote.
Pupils at Wales High recently took part in a Mock Election and were given the chance to hear the views of every candidate that was standing in the Rother Valley Constituency at the last General Election.
Grace Fletcher-Sorsby, Billy Fletcher-Sorsby and Asher Greatorex were interviewed by BBC Radio Sheffield along with the school’s Head Teacher on Wednesday morning.
You can hear the interview with Toby Foster here.