Should young people be allowed to vote...
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Definition of chronological age
chronological age : the age of a person as measured from birth to a given date From WEBSTER DICTIONARY
"chronological age : the age of a person as measured from birth to a given date "His chronological age is five, but his mental age is three"he thinks and behaves like a three-year-old."> From WEBSTER DICTIONARY
The argument for allowing the young citizens to vote has always been that "if the young can serve in the military they should be allowed to vote. But this thought is the same as saying that if you are able to pull a trigger of a gun that you are qualified and entitled to cast a vote. but being entitled to vote using these qualifications doesn't mean that a person is mature and responsible for their decisions, in fact the law makes decisions based on the chronological age of an individual in determining how they are handled in courts of law. The maturity of the individual is judged by their ability to make responsible decisions and are responsible for their own actions and welfare. But the evidence is quite apparent that young people ,on the whole, today are not responsible for their decisions and in more and more cases are dependent on others to provide for them, living with their parents beyond the age of 18.
Also from the stand point of being able to have independent thoughts about which political party best represents the interests of the country and casting their votes accordingly is most often swayed and determined by who the parents believe is the best political party to represent the country thus increasing the parents vote from one vote to two votes for the same party. This, in effect is discrimination practiced against citizens who haven't had any children to increase their voice in who runs the country. Noah Webster wanted to raise the voting age to 45 in brief, he wanted to eliminate one of the most naive and irresponsible elements from the body politics: the youth vote." Noah Webster has often been proved right in his assessment of the young.
To enforce the idea that the young haven't matured enough to make sound judgements and shouldn't be allowed to vote is to just look at the automobile accident statistics for young people behind the wheel driving on America's highways.
"In 2013, 2,163 teens in the United States ages 16"19 were killed and 243,243 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes.1 That means that six teens ages 16"19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.
Young people ages 15-24 represent only 14% of the U.S. population. However, they account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among females.2"
Who is most at risk?
"The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven, teen drivers ages 16 to 19 are nearly three times more likely than drivers aged 20 and older to be in a fatal crash..."
Injury Prevention & Control: Motor Vehicle Safety
And yet the young are thought mature enough to be allowed to vote on who should be the best people to be in charge of our government.
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