Italy’s Senate has taken the important step of lowering the legal age for voting Senators from 25 to 18. This article is published by PBS News Hour. Here is an excerpt:
The Italian Senate on Thursday approved lowering the age voters must reach before they are eligible to elect senators from 25 to 18.
Voters who are 18 or older can already cast ballots in national elections for the lower house of Italy’s Parliament, the Chamber of Deputies. The Senate’s consent paves the way for some 4 million young adults to get the right to vote for the upper legislative chamber as well.
If a sufficient number of lawmakers in each chamber requests it within the next three months, a nationwide constitutional referendum would need to be held to confirm the new voting age. The proposed change garnered less than a two-thirds majority required for its passage in the Chamber of Deputies.
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