Teenagers in Belgium must vote – level 2

28-03-2024 07:00

Belgium’s top court decided that 16 and 17-year-olds must vote in the European elections. The elections will take place in June 2024.

This means that young people now have to vote, just like adults do. Before this decision, only adults had to vote. If they didn’t, they got a fine. Now, teenagers can also get in trouble for not voting. Some people think this is a good idea, but others don’t like that the decision came so close to the deadline to register to vote.

But Belgium wants more young people to be interested in public things and take part in the process.

Difficult words: elections (voting), fine (a penalty), deadline (a time or day by which you must do something).

You can watch the original video in the Level 3 section.

"What are some potential consequences of requiring 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the European elections? How might this decision impact youth engagement in political processes?"


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