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Jump to navigation Jump to search A voting age is a minimum age established by law that a person must attain before they become eligible to vote in a public election. When the right to vote was being established in democracies, the voting age was generally set at 21 or higher. In the 1970s bitcoin forum amanah countries reduced the voting age to 18.

Debate is ongoing in a number of countries on proposals to reduce the voting age to or below 16. Before the Second World War, the voting age in almost all countries was 21 years or higher. Czechoslovakia was the first to reduce the voting age to 20 years in 1946, and by 1968 a total of 17 countries had lowered their voting age. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries voting ages were lowered to 18 in India, Switzerland, Austria and Morocco.

Japan was due to make the change to 18 in 2016. A dispute is continuing in the Maldives. Around the year 2000 a number of countries began to consider whether the voting age ought to be reduced further, with arguments most often being made in favour of a reduction to 16. The earliest moves came during the 1990s, when the voting age for municipal elections in some States of Germany was lowered to 16. Arguments against lowering the voting age to sixteen include lack of political maturity and arguments for include encouraging interest in politics in young people. During the 2000s several proposals for a reduced voting age were put forward in U. California, Florida and Alaska, but none was successful.