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Lolo5
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birdlandmemories
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The voting age should be lowered to 14

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Lolo5
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 1/28/2014 Category: Society
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
Viewed: 967 times Debate No: 44742
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Lolo5

Pro

Although at 14 your brain is not fully developed, it's developed enough to cast an independently made decision (outside of influence) because you can independently judge at 14 and at 14 you should be able to understand the long term impact of complex policies (I was able to understand such things at 14). Also things like healthcare affect 14 year olds and they should have say in the government.
birdlandmemories

Con

The reason why 14 years olds aren't allowed to vote is that many don't understand the issues, or don't care. Most 14 years olds don't have a job, or have a household to run, like an adult does. Adults understand the issues way more than a 14 year old does.
Debate Round No. 1
Lolo5

Pro

"The reason why 14 years olds aren't allowed to vote is that many don't understand the issues, or don't care."
There are also many 14 year olds who do understand the issues. I did when I was 14. Those who don't care probably won't vote anyway. But we should allow those 14 year olds who care to vote. Cognitive development peaks at 14 so they can understand the issues.

"Most 14 years olds don't have a job, or have a household to run, like an adult does."
Most 18 year olds don't run households, but are still allowed to vote. Just because you don't have a household doesn't mean issues don't affect you. 14 year olds are affected by things related to medicaid, education/ schools, etc. and should have say in these matters. Some 14 year olds have a job and pay taxes, so they should decide how their money will be spent.
birdlandmemories

Con

birdlandmemories forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Lolo5

Pro

At 14, you are mature enough to vote.
birdlandmemories

Con

birdlandmemories forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by Xenofloppy 3 years ago
Xenofloppy
I'd have to say that 14 year olds are definitely not old enough to vote.
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Vote Placed by Krazzy_Player 3 years ago
Krazzy_Player
Lolo5birdlandmemoriesTied
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