Taiwan’s Constitutional Referendum Fails to Pass

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Referendum on lowering voting age to 18 fails to pass

Taipei, Nov. 26 (CNA) A referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 20 to 18 fell short of the threshold needed to pass Saturday, dealing a blow to groups pushing to bring Taiwan’s voting age in line with that of most other democracies.

Had the amendment passed, it would have eliminated Article 130 of the existing Constitution of the Republic of China (Taiwan’s official name) and been added to Article 1 of the Additional Articles of the Constitution.

Student groups and other advocacy organizations had previously described Saturday’s vote as the last mile of their decades-long efforts to bring down the voting age in Taiwan to 18 through a constitutional amendment.

They argued that if people face such obligations as paying taxes or serving compulsory military service when they turn 18, they should be given the right to vote at that same age.

Teng Pei-ju Writer at Focus Taiwan CNA English News