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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - STRONG OPINIONS

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Local Government Information Unit chief executive Dennis Reed takes issue with the Electoral Commission over its re...
Local Government Information Unit chief executive Dennis Reed takes issue with the Electoral Commission over its recent recommendation that the minimum voting age should not be lowered to 16 (LGC, 28 May). The article suggests we chose to ignore the results of responses to our consultation paper, and that our report was therefore 'a flawed piece of work'.

In answer to this, developing a recommendation on constitutional policy is not a simple matter of totting up the numbers and going with the majority view.

Too much is also made of the separate opinion poll which we conducted. The result of this poll was not the deciding factor of the conclusions we reached, but was instead a check on whether the balance of views we received through the consultation paper was truly reflective of public opinion.

While supported by the results of the opinion poll, our conclusions on the voting age were therefore reached on the strength of the arguments made, rather than the numbers making them.

While Mr Reed clearly takes a different view on the strength of those arguments, we believe the concerns he raises about the integrity of this review are unjustified.

Sam Younger

Chair, The Electoral Commission

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