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The Vote For 16 Year-Olds?

Minister of Culture and Sport Stefan Wallin is proposing a look at lowering the voting age in local elections to 16.

According to Wallin an examination of lowering the voting age in local elections could be carried during the preparation of a planned programme for the development of youth policies.

In an article published in four Swedish language newspapers on Saturday, Wallin said that one problem, however, may be the right of 16 year-olds to stand for election themselves. If a candidate under the age of 18 were elected, he or she would not be considered as fully legally competent under the present system.

If approved and written into law, the earliest possible date that 16 year-olds could enter the polling booth would be in local elections scheduled for 2012.

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