The lowering of the voting age>>>
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What I am trying to say, is that humans can't predict how their choices will affect their own- and others- lives until the age of twenty-five. By lowering the age limit on how old someone can be to be able to vote would be the suicide of this nation (the United States).
For starters, this is an insult to those who are 24 and have graduated college. Especially those who have graduated Yale, Harvard, MIT, or any other ivy-league school. I will even go as far as to say some 14 year olds have the brain capacity to vote intelligently, although I'm not saying that we should lower the voting age to 14.
You are applying a small statistic to a vast number of people. Your argument is just completely illogical and it's, as I said, an insult to many of the middle-aged voters in the United States. 25 year olds are able to see the ramifications of their actions quite clearly whether it be voting, driving, or anything else.
Second, my argument is completely logical and is completely supported by hundreds sources and is backed up entirely by science.
Third, the more educated a person is, the more mature that person will become and the can make better choices. However I understand that people are not immature until age twenty-five, but on average the human brain is not fully developed.
Fourth, the more mature people are, the better off our nation will be (the United States). Its that simple. There is nothing more to it.
It's all pasted right there. However in your first argument you gave no facts or sources and all of your statements were opinions. That goes to show how illegitimate your "arguments" were. When you said that a fourteen-year old could have the brain capacity to vote wisely, you are wrong, a fourteen-year old would still be undergoing many changes in his or her mind. This includes synaptic or neural pruning (they are the same thing), or when a brain starts strengthening often used synapses, or pruning unused synapses. As sourced below.
This goes to show how young adults (at least twenty and below) are only still developing.
I also wonder are you really for the lowering of the voting age in the U.S., or are you just disagreeing with my first argument?
You can't take one statistic and apply it to everyone. I admit that not all 14 year olds have the capacity to vote intelligently, but I also am going to say that some 14 year olds do.
Wikipedia is not a reliable source and would usually be disregarded in a real debate tournament.
I don't have a personal opinion on this matter. I could go either way.
All of these suggest that the brain does not fully develop until the 20s. however I could not find any statistics comparing my statements to the U.S. population.
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Vote Placed by Blade-of-Truth 2 years ago
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Reasons for voting decision: Conduct - Tie. Both had proper conduct throughout the debate. S&G - Tie. Both had adequate spelling and grammar throughout. Arguments - Pro. This was a difficult debate to judge. Both debaters started off by making generalized claims that needed to be supported by evidence. Con's strongest argument at this point is that mature people make better decisions and most people fully mature at 25 years old. Pro rebuts this by pointing out college grads younger than 25 and how they'd be competent enough. The burden on Pro was to show that the voting age should be lowered, which he said to 21. He was able to show that there were people younger than 25 who were capable of voting and thus fulfilled his burden. Con's was to show that a majority of people under 25 weren't capable of doing so, since he was advocating a change to the status quo the biggest burden fell on him. By failing to fulfill that burden, Con loses. I'd like to point out that the voting age is 18 in U.S. btw. Narrow win for Pro.
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