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New poll supports ACT right to legislate over voluntary youth voting

Karen Barlow
By Karen Barlow
August 9 2021 - 7:00pm
A virtual town hall event will debate whether voting should start at an earlier age in Australia. Picture: Shutterstock

It is a controversial idea, and no Australian jurisdiction is doing it yet, but a new poll has found more Australians than not support the ACT being given the right to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to enrol to vote on a voluntary basis.

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Karen Barlow

Karen Barlow

Chief Political Correspondent

Karen Barlow is ACM's Chief Political Correspondent. Working in the federal press gallery, she investigates and writes about federal politics and government. She has an interest in integrity, leadership and social equity. She has covered two Olympics and been to Antarctica twice. Contact her on karen.barlow@canberratimes.com.au

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