Center Party Lone Voice Against Lowering Voting Age
Representatives of three of the four major political parties said today that the voting age could be lowered to 16 or 17 for the next local elections in 2017.
“I believe young people are mature in making decisions,” Reform Party's Kristel Michal said at a conference in Tallinn University today, adding that younger people tend to be more critical than older people.
Siim Kiisler, formerly a IRL minister, said he has nothing against decreasing the voting age, but would prefer to give more votes to families with children.
Kiisler said any such decision would mean amendments to the constitution, and it would be wiser to make more changes, such as allowing younger people to also vote in other elections, and run for office.
Center Party MP Viktor Vassiljev said he is against the idea as young people have other things on their mind, and only a fifth would bother to vote. He said young people interested in politics should join parties' youth organizations, where they can learn the ropes, drawing parallels with driving where 16-year-olds may only drive a car in Estonia when accompanied by an adult.
Amendments to the Constitution need the approval of two successive Parliaments.