It’s thought lowering the voting age could help with voter engagement.

The age was permanently changed to 16 in Scotland, after 75 per cent of 16- and 17-year-olds turned out to vote in their referendum to leave the United Kingdom.

UK Electoral Reform Society chief executive Katie Ghose said 16- and 17-year-olds were voting in larger numbers than 18- to 24-year-olds.

If you voted early and got the voting habit for life, you were more likely to carry on voting, she said.

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