Votes at 16

Vote at 16

Over 1.5 million 16- and 17-year-olds are denied the vote in the United Kingdom. With MPs set to debate the issue in November, the case for Votes at 16 is now overwhelming.

So why is this important?

At 16, people become adults and take control of their own futures - so why can't we have the basic right of all adult citizens of a say in how the country is run? We can:

  • Leave school
  • Work full time
  • Pay taxes
  • Leave home
  • Get married
  • Join the armed forces

But can't vote for our MPs!  

Young people need to be encouraged to take part in democracy, not kept out from it.

What can we do?

MPs will be debating Votes at 16 on 3 November and again early next year and we need to make sure that our representatives attend these debates and support Votes at 16.


Find out if your MP supports Votes at 16 here:

Create a short video on a phone/tablet with two key messages:

  • Why votes at 16 is important.
  • Asking them to attend the Private Member’s Bill on Friday 3 November.

Post your video on Twitter, @ing your MP and using #Votesat16 on Saturday 7 October – please include @NUSUK and we will be sure to retweet!


Contact your MP below