Lawmakers in Taiwan agree to lower referendum voting age to 18

Want China Times
Date: 2015-04-09
By: CNA

Lawmakers in Taiwan across party lines agreed Wednesday that the voting age for

Activists outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei call for reform of the Referendum Act, April 8. (Photo/Yao Chih-ping)

Activists outside the Legislative Yuan in Taipei call for reform of the Referendum Act, April 8. (Photo/Yao Chih-ping)

referendums should be lowered from 20 to 18.

After a review of an amendment to the Referendum Act, legislators reached a consensus that citizens who are 18 or older can vote in referendums.

However, people who are deemed by the courts to be incapable of making an informed decision through disability will not be allowed to vote.

The lowered minimum voting age is aimed at letting more young people participate in the electoral process.

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