Votes at 16

As part of a 2 year research project looking at the voting age debate across the UK we are looking at putting on a series of focus groups in order to understand both young people’s attitudes to lowering the voting age and the issues that they associate with it. The focus groups will be facilitated by the Votes at 16 research team and will be based on a workshop format. Initial ice breaking exercises and questions will establish the level of support for lowering the voting age and general attitudes to political engagement within the group. Facilitators will then introduce key lines of discussion and debate such as the extent to which young people feel prepared to vote, who has responsibility for ensuring they are prepared to vote, how important they consider lowering the age of franchise to be (or not) and how this links to other age based rights restrictions. We are interested in the extent to which young people link voting rights with wider ideas of citizenship, how voting fits into their perceptions of ‘politics’ and general transitions to adulthood. We are keen to run a series of focus across Wales and we are particularly interested in running them with young people whose voices are often excluded from the political debate as it is a chance for their views to be heard directly by policy makers both in Wales and at a UK wide level.

The groups normally involve 6-8 young people of ages 14-21 (although we are quite happy to interview younger groups) and last around 30-40 minutes. We are interested in hearing a diverse range of young people’s opinions on these topics including supporters and opponents of voting age reform and the politically disengaged.’

Votes at 16 Research Team; (Professor Jon Tonge, University of Liverpool), (Dr Andy Mycock, University of Huddersfield), (Dr Tom Loughran, University of Huddersfield).’ Please register interest via form below.