Official campaigning for Luxembourg’s referendum began on Monday with politicians embarking on a shoe-string campaign to encourage Luxembourgers to follow their lead. The referendum itself takes place on June 7 when Luxembourgers will be asked to vote on three specific questions. The first question concerns the lowering of the voting age of Luxembourgers from 18 to 16 years old. The proposal would make it optional for 16 and 17-year-olds to vote, unlike the rest of the population, for which voting is compulsory. The second question explores the proposal of enabling foreign residents to vote in national elections in Luxembourg. Already, they may vote in local and European elections provided they meet certain criteria.
The new proposal would open up the vote to people of non-Luxembourg nationality who have been resident in the country for 10 or more years and have voted in either a local or European election. Foreign residents meeting this criteria and wishing to vote could then register on the electoral roll, after which it would be compulsory for them to vote in all national elections, as is currently the case for all Luxembourgers.
The last question considers limiting Minister’s continuous mandates to 10 years, equivalent to two terms. It should be clear that it concerns 10 years of uninterrupted mandate.