Knesset panel chief proposes lowering voting age to 17

May 27, 2014 16:41

The Knesset Committee for Child Welfare plans to promote a bill lowering the voting age in general elections to 17.

Child Welfare Committee chairwoman Orly Levy-Abecasis (Yisrael Beytenu) announced at a meeting with the National Student and Youth Council Tuesday that she would propose the change.

Seventeen-year-olds can currently vote in municipal elections and their votes are worth approximately four Knesset seats.

According to National Student and Youth Council chairwoman Gal Yosef, "if we can get a driver's license, enlist in elite units in the army, testify in court and open a bank account, we should be able to choose our next leader at age 17."

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