Fewer 16 and 17-year-olds voted in this year’s General Election than 2016, marking their lowest turnout since the franchise was extended in 2006.

Since 2006, when the island became the first jurisdiction in the British Isles to give 16-year-olds the right to vote, each election has seen a progressive decline in turnout amongst that age group.

In a written answer following a question by Juan Watterson SHK, Minister for the Cabinet Office Kate Lord-Brennan said that 436 of the 950 16 and 17-year-olds who were registered to vote did so. This equates to turnout of 45.89% (rounded up to 46% in Mrs Lord-Brennan’s answer). 

The highest percentage turnout of teens was in Middle, where 62% turned out to vote (59 of 83 registered). After this, only Rushen with 62% (51 of 82) and Garff with 52% (44 of 85) saw over half of registered teens actually voting. 

At the opposite end of the scale, Douglas East, with 29%, had the lowest youth turnout, where only 13 16-17 year olds voted of the 45 registered. The full turnout for this age group can be seen below. 

Comparatively, this was the lowest turnout of registered 16 and 17-year-olds since they got the vote in 2006. That first election saw 397 of the 718 registered turn out (55.3%), followed by 668 of 1,234 in 2011 (54.1%) and 535 of 1,158 (46.2%) in 2016. 

2021 Breakdown

Arbory, Castletown & Malew – 30 voted – 68 registered – 44%

Ayre & Michael – 39 voted – 90 registered – 43%

Douglas Central – 35 voted – 88 registered – 40%

Douglas East – 13 voted – 45 registered – 29%

Douglas North – 27 voted – 70 registered – 39%

Douglas South – 36 voted – 83 registered – 43%

Garff – 44 voted – 85 registered – 52%

Glenfaba & Peel – 39 voted – 97 registered – 40%

Middle – 59 voted – 83 registered – 71%

Onchan – 33 voted – 83 registered – 40%

Ramsey – 30 voted – 76 registered – 39%

Rushen 51 voted – 82 registered – 62%

Total – 436 voted – 950 registered – 46%

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