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JerryPotato2007
Pro (for)
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Mickd
Con (against)

Should the age limit for Voting changed?

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Started: 3/17/2017 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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Mickd

Con

Age limits of any kind are a threat to democracy as those age groups who are not allowed to vote might no longer be represented adequately. If you have ever wondered why politicians seem to be more generous to the elderly compared to minors, it is because they know where they get their votes from.

If you had a maximum age of voting (for instance 70 years) the effect would be the same; elderly care would suddenly be on the bottom list of the government's agenda.

Depriving people of their legal right to vote is undemocratic and illegitimate. I admit, many
old people don't share the younger generation's opinions and values, yet they can currently have a say on issues that primarily affect their grandchildren, such as the Brexit Referendum that showed a clear division between the pro-European youngsters and the elderly Leave-voters. So, is it fair that the latter can determine the future of a country although they might not be part of it? No, but that's the way democracy works and if we start having different votes for different age groups I fear other factors such as race, gender or religion could be given the same importance. Considering age at elections therefore is a form of discrimination that simply cannot be tolerated.

However, there are people who undoubtedly are not able to vote, for example toddlers or the mentally ill. In my opinion they need some kind of political representation, too. Hence, I suggest those who are legally responsible for taking care of them (parents, relatives guardians etc.) get an additional vote which is expected to reflect the respective person's interests. Would there be abuse of that additional voting power? Absoluetly, but if you are responsible for deciding on someone's life, e.g. in certain medical conditions such as coma, you should be trusted to have their best in my mind, anyways, and can be trusted with a choice which is so much less decisive/relevant than the one above.

To put it in a nutshell, I strongly oppose the idea of age limits for voting because I fear that those excluded won't be represented enough on the political stage.
I even propose the idea of additional votes for parents/caters so that every citizen of a country theoretically has the power to make his voice heard.
Debate Round No. 1
JerryPotato2007

Pro

In the U.S. laws or something, all people have the right to equality. It does not state anywhere why minors can't have equality like that. Most 10 year olds can research candidates so they know what their doing.

If most adults don't hack the system then kids won't either. It's not like they're going to be forced to vote for some one; they have their parents protection.
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Posted by Political.Questioneer 1 year ago
Political.Questioneer
The problem is that minors generally have the same ideals when they live with their parents and their views change once they become an adult.
Posted by logicjagger 1 year ago
logicjagger
The left will change or disregard any laws in their way. Hence this proposal.
Posted by DNehlsen 1 year ago
DNehlsen
TBH the requirements of voting should be raised. If you don't have a job, or don't own property, are on government support, or simply aren't pulling your weight in society, (i.e like everyone under 24ish?) why should you have a say in where said society goes?
Posted by JerryPotato2007 1 year ago
JerryPotato2007
To a smaller age. Maybe 14-16
Posted by JerryPotato2007 1 year ago
JerryPotato2007
To a smaller age. Maybe 14-16
Posted by dipper 1 year ago
dipper
Changed... to what?
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