New Zealand court rules voting age of 18 is discriminatory
New Zealand court rules voting age of 18 is discriminatory New Zealand’s highest court ruled on Monday that the country’s current voting age of 18 was discriminatory, forcing parliament to discuss whether it should be lowered.
The case, which has been going through the courts since 2020, was bought by advocacy group Make It 16, which wants the age lowered to include 16 and 17 year olds. But it does not force parliament to change the voting age.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the government would draft legislation to reduce the age to 16, which could then be put to a vote in parliament. “Obviously, we’ve got to draw a line somewhere,” said National party leader Christopher Luxon.