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Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

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Should the voting age be lowered at all?
  1. Should the voting age be lowered?

    15 votes
    1. yes
    2. no

Status: Open Debate


  • natbaronsnatbarons 59 Pts
    No, the government news to assure quality of the votes. Many kids in college and high school are brain washed and their schools really get the votes not them.
  • I actually think that would be a decent idea. While I agree that many younger kids are brainwashed, that is true for people post voting age also. We have many young talented entrepreneurs and brilliant kids who are much more mature than 50 Year olds.  Currently these kids are treated as minors and their votes don't count. If a 16 year old is mature enough to vote and willing to do that, maybe we should let them go for it.  
    The only problem I have is that it will really help Democrats and liberals, and I am hesitant to make that happen.

  • averyaproaveryapro 62 Pts
    I don't think that the voting age should be lowered because many people that are 18 have already had a job of some sorts whether it was a summer job or something else, they know what it is like and they know the problems that are going on the world. Pretty much what I'm trying to say is that 18-year-olds are a lot more knowledgeable. Also, 16-year-olds don't have as much knowledge and could take the voting age being lowered as a joke and vote as a joke when they don't know anything about the debates or what is going on in the world. That is why the voting age should not be lowered.
  • The vote sneed to be valid and not from brainwashed students.
  • @socialmedia_an2831, agreed.  There is too much risk to lower the voting age. We would have disproportionate amount of liberal votes, and many of these kids are not mature to make such important decisions that impact the country.
  • ale5ale5 146 PtsPremium Member
    Premium Member
    I support lowering the voting age.  If you can get a driver's learning permit then you are mature enough to vote.  What's the difference between 16 and 18? There is such a wide spectrum of maturity between kids anyway. Let them vote.  By letting them vote, it will teach them about responsibility.
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  • billpassedbillpassed 73 PtsPremium Member
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  • LogicLogic 227 Pts
    Yes, The younger generation knows best. The old ones are living in the past, Time changes, Young people know what they want.
  • melefmelef 48 Pts
    Lowering the voting age pies the amounts of votes and crates more curate votes of what Americans citizens want.
  • @Logic and @melef, I partially agree. Trying to balance immaturity of many kids (although some are extremely mature) with need of youung generation voice being heard. Since you both support 16 as voting age, what age is too young to vote in your opinion? 13, 10, 8, 6 lol? 
  • CYDdhartaCYDdharta 313 PtsPremium Member
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    The voting age should be raised to at least 21, the legal age for drinking.  Kids are staying home and living with their parents longer today than they have in 130 years.  Until they're out on their own, they can't make informed decisions about whats really best for themselves, their communities, and the nation.
  • agsragsr 564 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
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    @CYDdharta, we allow elderly vote, after likely some of them lost their mind. At the same time 16 year olds in many cases are really mature and intelligent, but we treat them like kids.  Why do you feel that kids leaving at home with their parents should get disqualified from voting? What about adults leaving at home, should they lose their rights to?

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  • CYDdhartaCYDdharta 313 PtsPremium Member
    edited May 22 Premium Member
    @agsr ; My opinion is simply that the voting age should be raised because kids today are maturing and leaving their parents homes more more slowly, but It's interesting that the way you've misrepresented my view is so close to what the Founding Fathers actually established; that only land owners should get a vote. 

  • agsragsr 564 PtsPremium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    Premium MemberTechnology Community Moderator
    @CYDdharta, great insight about land owners.  I didn't know that, thanks.  If we were to use founding fathers standards then renters wouldn't qualify either but again a really interesting insight.
    I guess I am asking why you feel that kids that stay home, is so highly correlated with rights to vote.  I think that while it maybe an indication of maturity, it can also be an indication of economic pragmatism.
    I wouldn't raise the voting age based on that, amd lean towards lowering.
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