New Zealand Supreme Court declares voting age of 18 ‘unjustified discrimination’

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[–]CalumDuff 17 points18 points19 points  (12 children)

Given the voting rates in the 18-25 age bracket, it might not be in their best interest to lower the voting age.

If the 65+ age group feels somehow marginalized by the lowering of the voting age, they may vote for other parties who are not in favour of it.

I don't know the exact figures, but 65+ has, by far, the highest turnout for elections, so even if every eligible 16-18 year old voted for Labour they would only be set to gain another ~100,000 votes while potentially losing a large portion of the ~600,000 voters aged 65+.

And let's face it, a lot of those 100k teens would be voting along the same lines as their parents, so they wouldn't be gaining nearly as many votes as you might think.

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