11-year-old gets away with voting

by Minoru Matsutani

A tall 11-year-old girl voted Sunday in the Lower House election and her ballots were counted as valid, an Osaka Election Management Committee official said.

The girl, about 150 cm tall, went to a voting station with her 47-year-old father in Nishi-Yodogawa Ward, Osaka, at around 2 p.m., spokeswoman Eiko Hori said.

Monitoring officers gave the girl voting slips for the proportional representation portion of the Lower House election and the national review of Supreme Court justices, neither of which require voters to have a certificate, Hori said.

“They said she was tall and never assumed she was a child,” she said.