ACT Council of Social Service Inc.

Justice | Equity | Social Inclusion | Reconciliation

Submission: Inquiry into Electoral Amendment Bill 2021

Publication date: 
January 2022

ACTCOSS made a submission to the Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety inquiry into the Electoral Amendment Bill 2021 (Voting age). Our submission supported lowering the minimum voting age to 16 and the voting enrolment age to 14 in the ACT in order to empower young people to participate in democratic processes. We also advocated for an equitable rather than a criminally punitive penalty system for not voting, such as community education programs instead of fines.