Vote for eighteen-year-olds in the Senate: the limit established by article 58 of the Constitution falls. Green light to the reform with 178 votes in favor
Green light to the constitutional reform on vote for eighteen-year-olds in the Senate: all voters, regardless of age, if of age, will be able to elect senators. Thus the constraint established by article 58 of the Constitution which reserved this option only for the under 25s falls. The motion was voted with 178 votes in favor, 15 against and 30 abstentions,
This means that from the next election, approx four million young people voters will also be able to vote for the Senate. Three months will have to pass for the promulgation, during which a confirmatory referendum may be requested: on 9 June, in fact, the Chamber approved the bill without reaching a quorum of two thirds.
Vote to eighteen-year-olds in the Senate, D’Incà: “Alignment with other European countries”
“With today’s vote in the Senate, the constitutional reform for reducing the age of the active electorate for the Senate of the Republic from 25 to 18 years positively ends its parliamentary process. The reform will allow about 4 million young people to participate in the vote who are currently excluded from the election of one of the two representative Chambers of the citizens “, declared the Minister for relations with Parliament. Federico D’Incà.
“It is thus favored – he stressed D’Incà – the participation of the new generations in political life, an objective that the M5S has always pursued, and we align ourselves with other European countries. Today’s vote also testifies that the method of timely reforms, which already led to the reduction in the number of parliamentarians last September, is not only effective but also useful for approving the necessary reforms with a large majority, as evidenced by today’s vote. of the Senate. The law will now be published in the Official Gazette and within three months one fifth of the parliamentarians of each chamber, five regional councils or 500,000 voters will be able to request a possible referendum. In the absence of the request, the law will come into force by the end of the year “.
Vote to eighteen-year-olds in the Senate, Malpezzi (Pd): “New leadership for young people”
“Today a path, born in the parliamentary halls, which gives a new right to 4 million Italian citizens who did not have it before, is coming to an end. We tell young people between 18 and 25 that politics needs them and their ability to choose “, the President of the Senators said in the classroom during her explanation of vote on the bill to introduce the vote to 18-year-olds in the Senate. of the Democratic Party, Simona Malpezzi.
“This is a new tool to ensure that their participation finds an outlet. A participation – he continued Malpezzi – that among the youngest exists and is strong: before the covid the squares were full of young people who demonstrated on the issues they care about, from the environment to rights. Finally, these instances can also be represented in the Senate. But there is also another important element. This reform will give more stability and allow our institutions to function better. Making the electorates of the House and Senate homogeneous will help reduce the efficiency problems of our institutions. We want to guarantee a new protagonism in civil life for all young people.
“The vote we cast today, he concluded Malpezzi, it is also a sign of the new centrality of Parliament and the ability of democracy to act for the good of society and in this case for 4 million young people who will be able to vote for both houses of Parliament from the next elections “.
Vote to eighteen-year-olds in the Senate, M5S delegation: “New 4 million young people in the democratic process”
“The path of specific innovations to our Constitution, inaugurated in this legislature by the 5 Star Movement continues: with the definitive yes of Palazzo Madama for the extension to eighteen-year-olds of the vote for the representatives of the Senate, we heal an anachronism that negatively characterized our country and we fully involve over 4 million young people in the democratic process “, said the 5 Star Movement delegation in the Constitutional Affairs Committee in the Senate. “Our children are the main recipients of public policies who must necessarily look to the future, they are first of all they receive the benefits or harms of political choices. And then – continue the M5S senators – it is right that they should be given the right but also the responsibility to choose the elected senators, not just the deputies. We are proud of the fact that thanks to the impulse of the 5 Star Movement, the first parliamentary force, our historic battle has come to an end “.