New Zealand Court Rules Voting Age of 18 ‘Discriminatory’

New Zealand’s peak judicial body, the Supreme Court, has declared the current minimum voting age of 18 to be discriminatory, paving the way for the voting age to be lowered to 16.
Activist group, Make It 16, has been advocating for three years to drop the minimum voting age so that it is in line with New Zealand’s Bill of Rights, which says people 16 years and above have the right to be free from discrimination on the basis of age (pdf).
Earlier cases were unsuccessful with the New Zealand High Court ruling the 18 year limit a “reasonable minimum restriction” while the Court of Appeal refused to declare any inconsistency between the Bill of Rights and the voting age…. Source

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