Scotland’s proportional voting system, which gives a political voice to 16 and 17-year-olds, should be used as a template to repair the “broken” Westminster method, according to a campaign group.
The Somerville Legislative Matters Committee heard testimonies recently about a home-rule petition to provide legal voting rights in municipal elections for 16- and 17-year-olds. “I think allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote gives them a voice in these issues that affect them at school and out of school that their parents who can vote don’t necessarily see.”
Our democratic spirit desperately needs to be replenished. These reforms take us in the right direction by doing just that, inspiring a love for democracy.