Why can't people vote under the age of 18

The Australian Constitution and the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (a law passed by the Australian Parliament) describe how elections should be run. The Commonwealth Electoral Act 1973 amended changed the 1918 Act to lower the voting age from 21 to 18. There has been recent debate about whether the voting age should be lowered further to 16, but the Australian Parliament would need to pass a bill a proposed law to allow this to happen.

 

A photo of 3 people voting at a row of purple and white voting booths, with their backs to the camera.

People voting in a federal election.

Australian Electoral Commission

People voting in a federal election.

A photo of 3 people voting at a row of purple and white voting booths, with their backs to the camera.

Australian Electoral Commission

Description

This photo shows large, purple and white cardboard voting booths in a row. Each booth is screened off from the neighbouring booths. Three people are standing at the booths with their backs to the camera. They are looking down and appear to be writing at the legde of their booths.