whether the voting age in the UK should be lowered to 18 years.
The students from Priory High School, St James High School and St Peter's
The debate forms part of Local Democracy Week which this year runs from
This year the focus is on young people, under the heading 'Listening To
Tomorrow's Voters Today'.
The debate is part of a national campaign being run by the Electoral
Commission who have decided to look at whether the minimum age for voting
should be changed.
The students will be assisted in their debate by leading county councillors
and after the debate will vote on whether the voting age should be reduced
Brian Greenslade, leader of Devon CC, will be one of the councillors at the
debate. He explains: 'We want to focus on the potential young people have to
shape the future of society.'
Councillor Joan Morrish is the council's champion for young people.
'With a fall in interest in local and national politics and the decline in
turnout for elections, it is essential that we engage young people in having
their say about things which affect their lives,' she said.
Councillors taking part in the debate are: