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justmerose
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Lowering the voting age from 18 to 16 in the UK.

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Started: 3/14/2012 Category: Politics
Updated: 5 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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justmerose

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The right to vote is one of the most important human rights. It gives men and women the chance to have a say in the way they are governed. It allows them to get rid of bad governments and makes sure that any government listens to its people, for fear of being thrown out at the next election. It is one of the most important ways in which other rights (e.g. free speech, the right to a fair trial) are protected.
Not every country in the world is a democracy, with free elections giving citizens a fair political choice. But the right to vote is spreading and outright dictatorships are increasingly few on every continent. Yet what should that right to vote mean? A century or so ago almost no countries allowed women to vote, and it took decades of struggle for them to win political rights.
imabench

Con

Pro doesnt give a single coherent reason of why the voting age should be lowered. However there are quite a few reasons why the voting age of the UK should not be lowered.
1) Young people dont care about politics, and numbers show this
2) Young people know far less about the politics involved than older voters
3) There really isnt a dire need to expand the voting rights
4) Lets face it, who knows what they can do to the UK...

- 1 - Why should the voting age be lowered if young people dont even vote?
http://www.theticker.org...
http://voices.yahoo.com...
http://trace.tennessee.edu...
http://mypolitikal.com...

Point is, young people dont give a damn about voting, and the younger they are the more apathetic they are.

- 2 - Young people naturally are more misinformed about politics and politicians
http://www.policymic.com...
http://www.appeal-democrat.com...
Simply put one of the reasons why young people dont vote is that they dont know anything about the politics or politicians.

- 3 - There is no dire need to expand the number of potential voters in UK. UK Voter turnout is still at 76% while the US is still below 50%
http://en.wikipedia.org...

Point is, UK doesnt need a larger voting population because the number of registered voters in the UK who actually vote is rather impressive

- 4 - this one is really my own opinion, and I know that there are some intelligent 16 year old UK political nuts on this site right now, but a majority of UK 16 year olds are,

How do I put this.... Would you trust this person to decide who serves in government?
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I'd sh*t my pants too

To summarize my argument, the voting age should not be lowered in the UK because the UK already has a stunning voter turnout, young people dont want to vote, young people dont know much about politics or politicians they are voting for, and trusting all 16 year olds to vote scares the sh*t out of some people..

I thank the pro for a quick and painless debate and I thank the voters for reading :)
Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by imabench 5 years ago
imabench
"Teenagers have their own interests and views which are currently not represented."
They have the chance to be represented but they dont vote so they are choosing to not be represented as much as they should have, you cant force people to vote, especially 16 year olds
Posted by justmerose 5 years ago
justmerose
16 year olds are mature enough to make important decisions such as voting. Their bodies are fully adult, they have been educated for at least 10 years, and most of them have some experience of work as well as school. All this allows them to form political views and they should be allowed to put these across at election time. There is no magic difference between 16 and 18 - indeed, many 16 year old are more sensible than some 20 year olds. 16 year olds already have other rights. For example, in many countries they have the right to leave school and leave home, and the rights to have sex, marry and have children. It is not reasonable to have different ages for different rights. If young people are considered old enough to make important choices about their own future, why can't they have a say in deciding the future of their country? If you deny 16 year olds the vote, it equals unequal representation. Democracy means that the government represents EVERYBODY. Are 16 year olds not part of everybody? It also violates the Canadian charter of Rights and Freedoms Equality Rights. Also don't you know? "No taxation without Representation." That means you can't vote, but they still get taxed when they work.
It is unfair to have taxation without representation. Many 16 year olds work and pay tax on their earnings. At present they are not allowed to have a say in how the government spends their money, nor in how much should be collected from them in taxes. Policies such as the minimum wage and working hours and conditions are also set by governments, and if young people are old enough to have jobs they should be able to have their say in these issuesIt is important in a democracy to include as wide a range of opinion as possible. The idea of representation b y elected officials means that as many different views as possible should be heard at election time. Teenagers have their own interests and views which are currently not represented.
Posted by Stephen_Hawkins 5 years ago
Stephen_Hawkins
Those UK statistics are in dire need of an update...
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Reasons for voting decision: If that picture decides who governs the country I would shit in my pants.
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Reasons for voting decision: Uhhhhh.......obivous vote is obvious. I refuse to say more because it's just true.
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Reasons for voting decision: I don't want that picture deciding my countries fate!