The Assembly is considering a Bill to lower the voting age for ACT elections from 18 to 16 years. 

Justice and Community Safety Committee is looking into the idea, and wants to hear from you.  

How you can take part
The easiest way to take part in the inquiry is to fill out this short survey, and you can share the link with anyone you know who’s interested.  The survey closes on 7 February 2022.

If you have more to say, you can email a submission to the inquiry.  Information about making a submission is available on the Assembly website.  Closing date for submissions is 28 January 2022.

You can also read the Electoral Amendment Bill 2021 on the legislation register.

The committee must report back to the Assembly by 3 March 2022

If you have any questions, please contact the committee secretary by email or phone 6207 0524.

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* 1. Do you think people aged 16-17 years should be able to vote in Territory elections?

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* 2. These are views of people who support lowering the voting age. Tell us what you think.

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
Young people aged 16-17 years are considered mature enough to work, pay taxes, and drive a car, so they should also be able to vote.
People aged 16-17 years will be more affected than older people by the long-term consequences of Assembly and government decisions. That’s why they should have a voice in electing our decision-makers.
If people aged 16-17 years can vote, political candidates and MLAs will care more about issues that matter to young people.
Lowering the voting age to 16 will increase the engagement and citizenship of young people.

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* 3. These are views of people who support keeping the voting age at 18 years. Tell us what you think.

  Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree
The most appropriate age for voting is when young people are legally considered adults.
People under 18 years shouldn’t be subject to statutory penalties like the ones in the Electoral Act.
People under 18 years shouldn’t be politicised, or pressured to vote a certain way by parents, friends or classmates.
Requiring people under 18 years to vote in Territory elections will cause confusion, because they can’t vote in federal elections.

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* 4. Do you have other views on the voting age that weren’t listed in the previous two questions?

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* 5. If the voting age was lowered to 16 years, do you think voting should be compulsory or voluntary for people aged 16-17 years?

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* 6. If you answered 'compulsory', do you think people aged 16-17 years should be fined for failing to vote?

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* 7. Is there anything else you want to say about the voting age?

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* 8. Please select the age group you are in:

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* 9. If you would like to be placed on the contact list for this inquiry, and receive updates, please provide your details below. 

Or if you want your survey response to remain confidential, you can email the secretary separately.

Thank you for your contribution to this inquiry.
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