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Why not let young people vote too? Minister of Family Giffey pleads for the initiative, as does the climate movement around Greta Thunberg. Now there is a study on the subject.
Berlin – Green Leader Robert Habeck is for that. Federal Minister of Justice Christine Lambrecht (SPD) is for that. And also her party colleague, Federal Minister of Family Affairs Franziska Giffey: For a Voting rights from 16. “I am convinced that young people at 16 are very well able to make a responsible choice. We should give you this opportunity, ”said Giffey dpa in Berlin. “Your view of political and social developments must be taken seriously and taken into account.”
“Movements like Fridays for Future have shown the world that the young generation is very interested in helping shape politics,” said left-wing party leader Katja Kipping. Representative of Climate protection movement and the club More democracy and called on Thursday (July 30), among other things on Twitter, to lower the voting age to 16 years:
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Tomorrow is the year # Lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 for the 50th time. @Volksentscheid & Representatives from @FridayForFuture take the anniversary as an opportunity to address their concerns after a reduction d. Renew voting age to 16 years. ➡️ https://t.co/vhCEiKDrC4 pic.twitter.com/PZYKnLtDhQ
The idea has a new one study of the Otto Brenner Foundation great Potential – is not Self-running. “We find little that speaks against lowering the voting age,” said the political scientist Arndt Leininger in Berlin, who carried out the study “Dial at 16?” along with Professor Thorsten Faas wrote. But you have to pay particular attention and work to ensure that with the lowering of the voting age not also social inequality turnout is increasing.
The scientist of the Otto Suhr Institute for Political Science of the Free University of Berlin have the State elections from September 1st last year in Brandenburg and Saxony examined – 16- and 17-year-olds were allowed to vote in Brandenburg, but not in Saxony. They found that although it was possible to connect young people with politics at home or at school through lower voting age, it was possible above all “In privileged domestic or school contexts”. It was important to ensure that “this is not a measure that only benefits privileged people and thereby further strengthens existing problematic structures,” the study says.
Giffey said, however, that her home is already committed to the political participation of young people. experience in Scotland showed that public acceptance for the age of 16 grew once it was introduced. 50 years ago, on July 31, 1970, was a Basic law amendment came into force, which lowered the voting age for federal elections by three years. Since then, Article 38 has stated: “Anyone who has reached the age of 18 is entitled to vote; you can choose who has reached the age at which you reach the age of majority. ”Many parties are now demanding that it be reduced to 16 years. The attitude of the FDP is inconsistent on the question of the right to vote. The AfD refuses to lower the voting age. (dpa / AFP / frs) * Merkur.de is part of the Ippen-Digital editors network.
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