Votes at 16

We have been supportive of Votes for 16- and 17-year-olds for a long time. We hope you will join us in calling for the franchise to be extended to 16- and 17-year-olds across the entire UK and in all elections.

Giving the right to vote to young people aged 16 and 17 is a small but important step to make sure young people’s voices are heard. Our electorate is skewed, by size and turnout, towards older generations, and a significant number of young people aged 18 and over migrate cities that they move to for university and work. Ensuring that candidates for Parliament, local government have to listen to more young people and take their opinions and priorities seriously would make our democracy healthier, and should lead to better outcomes for younger and future generations.

It is especially odd now that young people aged 16 or above have been able to vote in elections in Scotland and Wales, but their counterparts in England and Northern Ireland are still denied that right.

Please share our campaign online and show your support by emailing your local MP and call on them to support Votes at 16.

Write to your MP

Please use the template text below and visit to find your MP. Follow the instructions from there.

I’m writing to you to support the Intergenerational Foundation’s campaign for Votes at 16.

The UK electorate, because of the baby boom after the second world war, is demographically skewed towards people in their sixties and seventies. Giving younger people the right to vote would go a little way to addressing that balance and would give more younger people a voice.

The time to give voting rights to all 16- and 17-year-olds all across the UK is long overdue. Scottish and Welsh 16 and 17-year-olds have been able to vote in referendums, Scottish Parliament and Senedd elections, and local elections, and it is high time that those in the same age group in England and Northern Ireland should enjoy the same rights.

Yours sincerely,
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