Lowering the age of elections to 16 in the United Kingdom was first seriously considered on 15 December 1999, when the House of Commons considered in committee an amendment to the representation of the Bill People proposed by Simon Hughes.  This was the first time that lowering an age of less than 18 was put to a vote in the House of Commons.  The government rejected the amendment and was rejected by 434 votes to 36.  This is another list similar to the one mentioned above, but data in which countries or territories have lowered the age of elections to 16; Unless otherwise stated, the reduction was 18. «wish to enlarge the electorate by . Lowering the age of elections. can be achieved through legislation without amending the Constitution. If Congress can conclude that the ability to read and write English as opposed to Spanish is not constitutionally relevant to voting, then. Congress appears to have the power to make a similar statement on state laws that deny eighteen-, nineteen- and twenty-year-olds the right to vote, even if they work, pay taxes, start a family, and are subject to military service. At the same time, there is a sense that teenagers who are interested in the cause feel that they must earn the privilege of voting and prove to older voters that they too deserve a turn at the ballot box. «Within the movement, there is a sense that we need to convince the public with a positive view of the abilities and value of young people,» said Brian Conner, president of the National Youth Rights Association, another group that advocates for eligibility to vote at age 16. Jersey followed suit on 4 July 2007 by granting in principle to lower the voting age to 16. The States of Jersey narrowly voted in favour by 25 votes to 21, and the amendments were adopted on 26 September.
 The law was approved by the Council decision of 12 December and entered into force on 1 April, in time for the general elections at the end of 2008.   Although white men spent the first 150 years of this country`s history limiting voting based on land ownership, gender, and race, the minimum voting age did not become until the mid-20th century. ==References==* In the first century, this was a point of contention. The voting age was set at 21 for convenience to set a precedent originally set by British law in colonial times, says Joseph Douglas, a law professor at the University of Kentucky. In England, 21 years had passed since the days of chivalry; At that age, young men were eligible for their first armor and could thus qualify for chivalry. In recent years, a large number of senators — now a total of 73, I believe — have expressed support for federal measures to lower the voting age. .