May 23, 2013
Upper House preliminary approves teen suffrage bill
The Upper House of Congress preliminary approved the polemic teen suffrage bill, which will allow teenagers between the ages of 16 and 18 the opportunity to vote in the national election.
The bill was passed with 52 in favour and three against, as Senators Luis Juez and Norma Morandini abstained from voting.
The initiative counted with the support of the Radical Party and the Federal Peronism bloc, as the Broad Progressive Front (FAP) senators abstained.
The bill aims the modification of more than six laws in order to addapt the electoral system to the inclusion of this new voters.
The teen suffrage will now be debated article-by-article, to be then passed to the Lower House of Congress.
Since it was sent to Congress, the bill has caused wide controversy and division between lawmakers and politicians.