Underage and under-represented – Ieuan Walker #Vote16Wales

Guest post from Coleg Cambria student, Ieuan Walker

Ieuan Walker holding a yes card

Being two months from adulthood is a tough time, but what makes it harder is one of my first steps to adulthood is delayed by four months as I am two days shy of eligibility for the next General Election. Sure there are many other perks to turning eighteen but here are the three of many things that I would have a say in if the voting age was brought down to sixteen:

1: I would be able to vote on tuition policies that will affect my education until the next election. My course is four years as is the gap between elections. Therefore, whether I pay for lower or higher tuitions is left undecided by me, the student who will be paying for it.

2: The level of taxes I could be paying when I reach adulthood is left undecided by me who could actually be paying for them now depending on my choice to live independently or not.

3: Whether or not I even want sixteen year olds to have the vote. Perhaps I share the same scepticism as ‘experienced’ voters and feel that we simply do not have the required education to vote.

But we can and probably do. Politics is already in the curriculum for 16 year olds at A-Level so the education argument can be irrelevant.

There is a lot to turning 18 but because of a mere two day gap I miss out on a lot of the decision making that will determine how I will spend the next four years of my life in this country. But people who are 2 days, 2 weeks, 2 months or even 2 years from the legal voting age have a frustration of missing out on the decisions for the next few years.

The solution?

Let us have the vote and let us decide what we do with it.

After all, isn’t that what democracy is all about?

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