Junge Stimmen .EU-Wahl am 25.Mai 2014

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vote@16

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Austria is the only country in Europe where young people are already allowed to vote at the age of 16. When it comes to European elections this is especially interesting because young EU citizen living in Austria are also allowed to vote.

In our Fact Sheet you can find more information on the Austrian situation and the reasons behind the decision.

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In many other European countries vote@16 is a big issue. Mainly the National Youth Council push forward to lower the voting age. On this page you can also find a link list to campaigns from all over Europe.

vote@16 Supporters

We talked to young voters from other EU countries and asked them why they are going to vote in Austria in the upcoming EU elections.

You would like to become a vote@16 Supporter yourself and motivate others to vote? We are happy to hear from you.

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Juliette, 16 y.o., French citizen, living in Carinthia/Austria

I often get asked why I'm so interested in politics. Isn't it something for elder people? And why do you always feel concerned about certain issues? The answer always stays the same: I'm interested in politics because I'm concerned about what is being decided on for the future of my country, it's important for me to know what decisions are taken, especially in the field of education! I want to show that young people have requirements to their own future and are ready to stand ground for them!

Sophie

Sophie, 17 y.o., German citizen, living in Vienna/Austria

The fact that young people are allowed to vote at the age of 16 in Austria is a unique exception in all of Europe. We should be always aware of this privilige because going to vote also means to take over responsibility for our society. Not casting a vote and therefore missing the opportunity to make a change, forbids to subsequently complain about political decisions. Let’s get the future involved in the present! Let’s vote!

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Ian, 17 y.o., Austrian citizen, currently living in London/UK

Voting with 16 allows young people to represent their interests in a better way. Politicians recognize this group and that makes it possible, that they focus on topics which are important for children and teenagers. Only because of that every 16-18 year old should have the possibility to vote for their political interest. This is what I appreciate of the Austrian voting right. It would be good though, if politics would have a higher significance in school.

Link List

In many other European countries vote@16 is a big issue.
Mainly the National Youth Council push forward to lower
the voting age. On this page you can also find a link list
to campaigns from all over Europe.