Austria, in a first, allows children to vote





For her birthday, Nina Stanke gets 16 candles - and one vote.

Austria will make history in the European Union on Sunday by becoming the first member of the 27-nation bloc to give 16-year-olds a voice in national elections.

And Stanke, one of up to 200,000 eligible Austrian teenagers, is not about to pass up this opportunity.

"Yes, I'm going to vote," Stanke, who turned 16 this week, said on a recent afternoon as she chatted with friends outside her school in central Vienna.


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