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Green Party offers electrifying vote for 16 year olds

A ground-breaking Europe-wide e-democracy project enabling anyone over the age of 16 to vote is currently being conducted by the Green Party. The European Primary, similar to the presidential primaries in the US, provides citizens across the EU the opportunity to vote for two leading Green candidates for the 2014 European Elections [1]. The innovative elections also offer the chance to vote electronically, a move which could help to engage disaffected and young voters.

The winners will become the media focus for the Greens’ European campaign and will also be in the running to become the next European Commission President. 

Dr Molly Scott Cato, lead South West Green Party candidate for the European elections said:

"This is a unique Europe-wide experiment in e-democracy and, in keeping with Green Party policy, will enable those aged 16 and 17 to vote. Whereas all the other political parties are choosing their lead candidates internally, the Greens have thrown the process open to every EU citizen aged 16 or over. You don't even have to be a Green Party member to join in; you just have to sign up to basic green principles. I urge all 16 and 17 year olds who are sympathetic to Green principles to take this opportunity to vote. Let’s show the world that young people do want to engage in the democratic process and have the vote."

All four candidates in the Primary will all be taking part in a debate this Saturday, January 18th, in London which will be chaired by London Green Party MEP Jean Lambert.


[1] Details about the Green Primary together with a list of the four candidates and how to go about voting can be found on the Green Primary website:  

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