Local, Independant and Effective
June 29, 2018

Views sought on voluntary voting

Federal Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan says voluntary voting for 16 and 17 year olds would boost young people’s participation in politics.

The Commonwealth Electoral Amendment (Lowering Voting Age and Increasing Voter Participation) Bill 2018 was introduced to the Senate last week and proposes to allow 16 and 17 year old Australian citizens to voluntarily vote in federal and state elections.

The Bill also includes amendments to allow Australians who are eligible to vote to enrol or update their details on polling days.

Ms McGowan is following the Bill closely and encouraged people to contact her office with their opinions.

“I encourage all young people to actively engage with politics. The topic of voluntary voting is something I will be speaking about at the Youth Politics Camp in Beechworth next week,” Ms McGowan said.

“I would like to hear views on voluntary voting and other aspects of the Bill so I can make an informed decision for Indi.”

The Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matters has opened an inquiry into the proposed changes is seeking submissions until August 10. Visit www.aph.gov.au/votingage for more details.

Cathy’s speech and more information about next week’s Youth Politics Camp can be found here.

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