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Danish electoral age referendum, 1978

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Danish electoral age referendum, 1978

A referendum on lowering the voting age from 20 to 18 was held in Denmark on 19 September 1978.[1] It was held after the Danish government lowering the age of majority from 20 to 18 in 1976. The change was approved by 53.8% of voters with a turnout of 63.2%.[2] The electoral age had previously been lowered from 21 to 20 in a 1971 referendum, after a 1969 referendum had rejected lowering the electoral age to 18.


Choice Votes %
For 1,224,455 53.8
Against 1,049,837 46.2
Invalid/blank votes 8,984
Total 2,283,276 100
Registered voters/turnout 3,615,158 63.2
Source: Nohlen & Stöver


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p524 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p534
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