Could New Zealand’s voting age drop to 16?

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The voting age in New Zealand may drop from 18 to 16 due to a new ruling from New Zealand’s Supreme Court.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court declared the voting age of 18 is not consistent with the Bill of Rights Act.

A bill is therefore going to be written which would drop the voting age to 16. However, this would still have to be voted on by parliament.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern voiced her support for lowering the voting age to 16.

She said legislation would be drafted for making the voting age 16 after the finding of the Supreme Court, but whether it passes as a matter for the whole Parliament.

The voting age was last changed in 1974.

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