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Who should have the right to vote in New Zealand? (Marcus Roberts)

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Marcus Roberts examines the problem of determining who should have the right to vote in New Zealand. Roberts discusses that all individuals affected by Parliament’s laws, who are part of the political community, with the competence to choose their representatives, should have the right to vote.

Applying this framework to specific issues, he argues for maintaining the voting age at 18 to maintain voter competency, allowing enrolled citizens and permanent residents abroad to vote, while also granting all prisoners the right to vote.

He concludes that implementing these recommendations would establish more principled and consistent boundaries for democracy, ensuring meaningful inclusion and responsible self-governance.

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