Teenagers in Belgium must vote – level 3

28-03-2024 07:00

Belgium’s constitutional court recently ruled out that 16 and 17-year-olds must participate in the upcoming European elections.

This decision comes as part of Belgium’s existing compulsory voting system, where adults over 18 face fines for not voting. The court’s ruling extends this obligation to teenagers and failing to vote can result in sanctions even for younger citizens.

Some officials view this decision as progressive, while others criticize its timing, coming just ten days before the voter registration deadline. Despite the timing, the ruling emphasizes Belgium’s commitment to civic engagement and ensuring broad participation in the democratic process.

Difficult words: sanction (punishment), progressive (developing or happening gradually), civic (relating to the duties or activities of people in their town, city, or local area).

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How might this recent ruling by Belgium's constitutional court impact the turnout and engagement of 16 and 17-year-olds in the upcoming European elections?


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