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.
Chair, The Electoral Commission