Edmonton Voting Age May Drop to Allow 16 & 17 Year Olds to Take Part in City Elections

16 and 17 year old Edmontonians may be able to vote for the next Mayor of Capital City.

Edmonton City Council committee passed a motion to send a letter to the provincial government in support of amending the Local Authorities Election Act, according to Global News.

City Council has come to the conclusion after strong evidence and research, that 16 year old’s have enough cognitive ability to be a part of the decision making process.

This will help to provide a more engaging community in Capital City. According to city census data from 2011, approximately 6 percent of Edmontonians are between the age of 15 and 19 years old.

Edmonton’s Mayor, Don Iveson said on Tuesday that he is pleased that city council was in support of the youth council’s proposal.

One of the only roadblocks remaining before this proposal becomes a reality, is approval from Alberta’s NDP government.

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At the time of this writing – like most other Canadian cities – Edmontonians have to be 18 years of age or older to vote in the municipal or provincial election.

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