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Austria will give the franchise 16 years

January 15 2007

The new Government of Austria considers that the 16-year-old, who already vote in some elections to local authorities, should be given the right to vote and in national elections.

In a society in this regard, there are mixed opinions, some believe that the lower age limit of voters from 18 to 16 years is reasonable, others argue that in this age of teenagers have little interest in politics and mature enough to have their own opinions and well understand in national affairs.

One study, conducted in cooperation with the Vienna Institute of SORA after the elections to local authorities in October 2005 showed that participated in the voting 59 percent of youth aged 16-18 years.

In other age groups the percentage voting was the same, said one of the directors of the Institute Christoph Hofinger. In his view, lowering the age limit to 16 or even 14 years can balance the views of young and older generations: it increasingly aging population - a common phenomenon across Europe, Deutsche Welle. "

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