Vote16

Overview

CEYC started a dialogue surrounding lowering the municipal election voting age to 16. CEYC argued that since 16- and 17-year-olds use city roads, facilities and transportation, they should have a greater say in shaping their city by being able to cast a ballot. Youth can be emancipated, living on their own, paying property taxes; they can be in the army reserves; they can be a parent; yet they’re not old enough to vote. CEYC views that 16- and 17-year-olds are ready for this change and that youth want to vote. Changing the municipal voting age in the Local Authorities Elections Act would also automatically change the school trustee voting age. It would give a great opportunity to school trustee candidates to have in their platforms issues catered to students. It could also greatly benefit students who would be given a voice in deciding who directs the system they are currently in. This will ultimately allow school boards to do their jobs more effectively. The next steps in this process will be to gather letters from other levels of government, and work with community groups to ask the provincial government to lower the municipal voting age. The motion will go forward to City Council when the research and consultation has been completed.

UPDATES

January 5, 2017: Update from former CEYC Chair Marina Banister (Facebook).

Links

March 9, 2016: Edmonton youth council wants voting age lowered (CBC News).

May 30, 2016: Edmonton school trustee wants voting age lowered to 16 (Edmonton Journal).

August 14, 2016: The research behind Edmonton's new debate on voting at 16 (Edmonton Journal).

August 16, 2016: Edmonton City Council supports youths’ request to lower voting age to 16 (Global News).

August 16, 2016: City shows support for Youth Council over push to lower voting age for municipal elections (CTV News).

August 16, 2016: Edmonton councillors endorse lobby effort to lower Alberta municipal voting age to 16 (Edmonton Journal).

August 16, 2016: Engaging Our Youth With A Lower Voting Age (Michael Walters).

August 23, 2016: Edmonton council narrowly supports backing request for province to consider lowering voting age to 16 (Global News).

August 23, 2016: Council votes to support request for province to consider lowering voting age (CTV News).

January 25, 2017: Edmonton Catholic school board backs civic teenage voters in split vote (Edmonton Journal).

Cameron Somervllle speaks to CBC News about the issue (photo courtesy of CBC).

Cameron Somervllle speaks to CBC News about the issue (photo courtesy of CBC).