Letters - Young and so well turned out

Contrary to Philip Cowley (Observations, 26 April), ministers should not listen to what the Electoral Commission has to say on the voting age. Lowering the age will help to end the disconnection between young people and those supposed to represent them. A lower voting age has been successfully introduced in German and Austrian local elections: how does a 90 per cent turnout among 16- and 17-year-olds sound?

Alex Folkes
Votes at 16 campaign manager
London SE1

This article first appeared in the 03 May 2004 issue of the New Statesman, Religion: Why do we still give a damn?