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Singaporeans Lukewarm About Lowering Voting Age

With the recent lowering of voting age to 18 in Malaysia, Singapore is now the only country in ASEAN where you have to be 21 years old to cast a vote. Some critics have claimed it is a vote suppression tactic by the PAP.

While 34% of Singaporeans agree that those aged between 18-20 care enough when it comes to social and political issues, only 40% believe the voting age should be lowered to 18 years of age.


The Singapore Government has argued that the common law age for maturity is 21, at which point, a person takes on personal responsibility. Over 7 in 10 Singaporeans (72%) agree with this rationale.