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MK Levy-Abecasis proposes lowering voting age to 17
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May 27, 2014 16:45
Seventeen-year-olds can currently vote in municipal elections and their votes are worth approximately four Knesset seats.
An IDF soldier votes early in Ashdod, January 20, 2013.

An IDF soldier votes in Ashdod 370. (photo credit:Reuters/Amir Cohen)

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.



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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."

MK Ya'acov Margi (Shas) said that "the only thing preventing [17-year-olds from voting] are irrelevant and political claims, such as that giving youth the right to vote will help one population group or another."

Levy-Abecasis pointed out that at age 17 people can join political parties, but can't vote for them in the Knesset.


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