Edmonton City Council has voted 7-6 to consider changing the voting age in Alberta.
Council debated with the Edmonton Youth Council Tuesday as the youth council wants to allow teens as young as 16 to vote in municipal elections.
While nothing will be set in stone immediately, council will be urging the provincial government to change the municipal voting age.
Some of the benefits of this decision council mentioned would be an effect on engagment in democracy among high school students as well as getting them more involved with municipal issues.
Councillors did suggest that 16 is too young, especially since 16 year olds don’t pay taxes.
Meanwhile the chair of the Edmonton Youth Council Marina Banister summed up the Council’s visit to City Hall.
“We came here today to ask if you agree that this is an important change to make, as well as to endorse our letter to the provincial government. We’re not here to discuss the implications of this, though we understand that those may exist. We beleive that 16 and 17 years have responsibilities and deserve a vote to reflect that.”