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Other research product . Other ORP type . 2016

Votes at 16: do mock elections make a difference to adults’ attitudes?

Gahner Larsen, Erik; Levinsen, Klaus; Kjær, Ulrik;
Open Access
Published: 30 Nov 2016
Publisher: London School of Economics and Political Science
Mock elections help 16- and 17-year-olds understand how elections work. But do they make adults more likely to back lowering the voting age to 16? Erik Gahner Larsen, Klaus Levinsen and Ulrik Kjær looked at the 2009 local elections in Denmark, when a number of municipalities held mock elections alongside the real ones. They found that they did make over-18s more positive about votes at 16, though a stubborn core of older and more right-wing voters remained hostile to the idea.

JC Political theory, JN Political institutions (Europe), votes at 16, mock elections, youth, voting age