The voting age in Argentina dropped from 18 to 16 on Wednesday, which could help President Cristina Fernandez before the 2013 mi-term elections, reports Reuters.
Dozens of those opposed to the measure in the lower house of Congress walked out of the late-night session just before the measure won final approval by a vote of 131 to 2. Fernandez polls well for the youth vote, and critics say the new voting age is aimed at drumming up support for the president before legislative elections, which occur a year from now.
Supporters of the new voting age cite Brazil and Ecuador as already having extended voting rights to those who are 16 and older, so Argentina should as well. Voting is compulsory for Argentines between the ages of 18 and 70, but will be optional for younger voters.
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