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Worldwide Collaboration on #16ToVote

Numerous movements to lower the voting age to 16 have emerged around the world in this year alone. Many efforts to lowering the voting age are also ongoing.

Recently, several places around the world have been considering lowering the voting age to 16. The United States has had numerous groups working on the issue for years now and have even gained some victories through local efforts in Maryland. However, recent international successes in Scotland and Wales in 2014 and 2018, respectively, have widened that scope to connect allies from around the world together in an effort to enfranchise future leaders of tomorrow.

A number of recent meetings among groups from around the world working to lower the voting age, those who are interested in lowering the voting age and have expressed interest in doing so and those that have even lowered the voting age to 16 already, has sparked interested in a worldwide collaborative to join together to do just that.

Recent activism in Canada by disenfranchised youth, supporters in Spain and even Germany’s new incoming government have put lowering the voting age on the international spotlight. This doesn’t include the work already going on in the United States, New Zealand, Australia and many other places where movements to lower national voting ages are already occurring. The potential for collaboration worldwide continues to grow, and with international issues such as climate change, global warming and threats to democracy in the form of limiting voting rights, now is the time to act and enfranchise the youth of democratic nations.

In my previous blog post above, there has been quite an amount of interest in the efforts in the U.S. alone, but there is also potential for that interest to be generated worldwide and to collaborate with those working on international efforts.

If enough individuals, groups, organizations and even supportive politicians work together internationally by sharing strategies & resources, we may be able to lower the voting age where many of these efforts are taking place.

Jеstеr Jеrsеy


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