The Pirate Party strongly supports lowering the voting age to 16, as do I.
You can legally have consensual sex at the age of 16, you can legally marry, you can join the Army, you can choose your doctor, you can do many things that are considered 'adult'. Yet you cannot have a say in how the country is run.
Is it right that we allow 16 and 17 year olds the freedom to choose their healthcare, who they marry, but then allow them to put their lives at risk for the country that them does not allow the choice of who sends them to war?
We've seen from the Scottish referendum that, contrary to popular belief, voters aged 16-18 were one of the most engaged demographics, even getting up early to vote before school! Why are the arguments, ideas and discussions of anyone under the age of 18 irrelevant, or in some way worse than what is regularly fed to us from the political establishment?
It was great to see 16 and 17 year olds being able to vote in the Scottish referendum. For once a real change was brought about without dragging politicians kicking and screaming, without having to go through what the Suffragettes endured for democratic freedoms.