Poll shows that over 70 percent want to lower voting age to 18
CNATAIPEI -- A survey shows that 71 percent of respondents support lowering the legal voting age from the current 20 years old to 18, according to the Taiwan Alliance for Advancement of Youth Rights and Welfare, a local rights group, yesterday.
August 13, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
Meanwhile, 75 percent of those surveyed said the bar for assembly and association should also be lowered to 18, the survey showed.
“It shows that more and more people agree to let those aged 18 and older enjoy more rights,” said Yeh Ta-hua, general secretary of the organization. “It is imbalanced that they need to pay taxes and serve in the military, but fail to enjoy the same rights as other citizens.”
Taiwan and Japan are the only two democracies in the world that still have minimum voting ages of 20 or older, though Japan has started to consider lowering the bar after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office last December, Yeh said.
The alliance is also urging the government to institute a national day to recognize the nation's young people, citing the 95 percent of survey respondents who said they would like to give more attention to the country's youth on Aug. 12, the International Youth Day.
The poll, conducted from July 26 to Aug. 10, collected 2,236 valid samples from across Taiwan.