Encouraging youth to get out and vote is something Canada has been trying to do for years, but one group in Nova Scotia is hoping they can change the rules to get people as young as 16 out casting ballots in provincial elections. Evan Price is president of the Truro Liberal Association, a group lobbying to drop the voting age in Nova Scotia from 18 to 16 years old. “This is a conversation that’s revisited now and again and I think it’s time we take another look at it,” Price said.
Price noted that other provinces in Atlantic Canada, including Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island, have floated the idea of lowering the age to engage youth in an increasingly ageing population.
… Ages were set at 21 for voters in most countries after WWII, and then put down to 18 in the 1970s and 1990s. In more recent years, several countries, like Scotland, Argentina and Brazil, have lowered their ages to 16.