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Taiwan elections

Uphill fight likely for Taiwan's referendum to lower voting age

Democratic island falls behind others in region in enfranchising young voters

Commuters at Ximen subway station in Taipei during rush hour: Many younger Taiwanese are eager to lower the voting age.   © Getty Images

TAIPEI -- On Saturday, a nationwide referendum will ask voters whether they want to amend Taiwan's constitution to grant citizens 18 years of age and older the right to vote.

The referendum will be held simultaneously with local elections. At present, the voting age is 20. Despite Taiwan's maturing democracy, approval of the plebiscite will not be easy -- and the younger generation is growing concerned.

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