children should be allowed because their opinion would be voiced the country should be shown through a child's eye. many children will take it seriously and will like the idea that they are impacting their country in their on ways. people should take it more seriously that children impact people more than they think.
While it is true that some kids will only vote for the one their friends vote for, and only some will vote for good reasons, the exact same is true for adults. Also, while kids are are given many responsibilities that adults have, such as paying tax for the things they bought and to care for their younger family members (through in their case it would be their younger siblings rather than their kids) but they have none of the rights
Children should be allowed to vote under certain circumstances. There should be a sheet that children need to fill out saying why they voted for the candidate. There should also be an age limit, say around 10-13 for the minimum age. If children do vote, they should have at least have paid attention to the candidate's campaign.
Children are people who are expected to follow laws, pay taxes, and endure punishments just as adults are. Although the punishments for not abiding by laws may not always be as severe for children as for adults, the fact that they are subject to these same guidelines means they should have a say in them. Everyone has heard of "No taxation without representation". Children are taxed everyday when they buy clothes at the mall or ice cream at a store. Adults are taxed, and generally more than children due to also having an income tax, but at least those 18 and over have a say in how much they are taxed and what the government spends the money on. Children should definitely have a voice in this matter, and could be a contributing reason to one reason we have extensive funds going to healthcare but not toward schools. The ones who need and are forced to go to school, children, are not given a voice in government which could allow them to receive more funding. Meanwhile, the elderly (having voting power) show up to vote at higher rates than any other group which is the primary cause for the biggest block of American government expenditures going toward Social Security. Medicare also draws in some of the most funding out of any program. I'm not saying that every child will show up to vote to send more money to schools, but allowing them the opportunity to do so will not hurt. Many adults argue that children are too immature to vote seriously, but I figure that the majority of children who do not care about voting legitimately will just not show up to vote at all. Just as adults are given the freedom to NOT vote, children should be given the freedom to vote. Who has the authority to determine what is a "bad" vote, when everyone is supposed to be "equal"? Maybe allowing children to vote will catalyze more adults to show up to the voting booth to cancel out children's "bad votes". Not giving any group of people a voice in government allows their desires and needs to be oppressed. When concerning the law, if a child is allowed to be tried as an adult, that means the Court is saying that the child was acting with the responsibility of an adult; but when it comes to the voting booth, these same person is suddenly assumed to not be capable of making responsible decisions. That is giving the children the responsibilities of being an adult but withholding the rewards that come with adulthood. Children should have a say in what laws they must follow and the officials who govern them. Everyone's opinion should count.
Yes kids should be able to vote! There are adults who can't even read or write but are able to vote because of there age. You saying kids can't vote is like saying black people can't vote because of their color, that's like saying girls can't vote because of their gender. Kids should not be judged on there age but because of their knowledge. There are kids who have went to college but can't vote, like Kai Cavalin who enrolled in college at age eight or Michael Kearney who graduated from high school at SIX and got his bachelor's degree at age 10. Those SMART kids could not vote because of their age! Why can you tell me? Look all I'm trying to say is kids are smart and are humans with souls that have the rights to be able to !VOTE!
I understand that most children don't have a lot of life experience and don't know a lot about politics. However, some of us DO know about politics and feel very strongly about our beliefs. I feel that it isn't fair that we don't have a say in who runs our country. We have to live here, we are owned by our parents and our opinions don't matter. The phrase, "children should be seen, not heard" is also extremely offensive to me. Maybe shut up and listen to people younger than you? Most adults think that what children think is nonsense and doesn't matter. What if a child actually had a great idea? You wouldn't know unless you listened. Respect your YOUNGERS as well as your elders. I probably sound like an idiot right now but I just had to get that out..
When women were trying to get the vote, people were saying how feeble minded they were when it came to politics. It is the same now. Kids that don't care don't have to vote, and they won't if they don't want to. Kids learn about politics in school and our system of governance, and there are also many adults who don't care whereas some kids do. It is a wrong conception that kids do not know, and most kids voice they're opinions on who they want to win elections in schools. Let kids have a say on issues that matter to them. They are smart enough to decide for themselves.
I think that everyone one on earth should have equal rights and not to be judged if they do not agree with someone else and to let adults should know how teens are feeling and that if no cares about how teens feels and the teens should be able to vote without getting arrested or getting in trouble
If a child wasn't smart enough to make the right decisions, he or she wouldn't be smart enough to vote anyway. Everyone deserves the right to vote. Laws cannot apply to people who aren't represented, that really isn't fair. Children's lack of rights can cause them to end up in bad situations in which they are not able to reach their true potential.
I believe that children should be able to vote! They are a part of this country and they have the right to vote like everyone else. Yes, they may be younger and some people believe that they are not mature enough or don't understand what's happening and why they're voting but to be honest neither do half the voters. No matter what age, size, race or generation, everyone has the right to voice their opinion. :)
They are going to vote the person whoever is prettier or if someone says got for this guy and then I will give you a chocolate bar. That is not going to be fair for the opposition. If that works, every child in the world will be given chocolate bars before the election.
At the age of 18, men and women can die for their country by joining the military. At that time, Americans should also be allowed to vote. Children, no matter how mature they are, shouldn't be allowed to affect policies until they are well-educated and are prepared to be working members of society. I might argue for 16-year-olds voting since they can work, but that would be it.
Children are dependent on their families and they do not work. Furthermore, they are not capable of making rational decisions. They are not interested in politics. Children would be susceptible to influence by people. Also, they could not get to the polls without assistance. Children voting would be a disaster for this country.
Children are too young to be able to form reasonable opinions on important issues. They would most likely vote for reasons that are not satisfactory. While adults do the same, they have the reasonable expectation of voting for the right reasons. Children don't have the life experience and reasoning skills to be able to make informed decisions.
Children that are around 7 years old would vote for whatever their mother would vote for and should have their own rights when they are 18 years old. They also would have voted for the most better looking, funnier etc. 18 is at least the best age to vote at
Candidate A likes Waffles...... But candidate B likes ice cream
So I'm going to vote for candidate B!
Just watch shows like my kids do.. (Nick News.. What an abomination.. Good for giving info to the kids.... But theres too much "What would you do if you had been president?")
Whether its elementary or grade school.... I dont think half the population is educated or intelligent enough to REALLY cast a vote for something they REALLY stand behind.. So how could someone who is 16?... 14?... Hell 8?
Kids ...Adolescents.. Young adults... They all have one thing in common ... They dont take certain aspects into account......
Once again.... The reason I wouldnt allow kids the ability to vote is mainly their ability to "Take sides" immediately although some children are exempt (Just like some kids graduate college at 16 years old) from that claim...
Most people pay attention to the pres. Election on Hype alone... Kids arent immune to that either ... But generally if you ask an adult (giving them information on two candidates) and asking them to chose one in a 15 minute time frame (after reading about both) you will at least get an answer at 15 minutes..... Remember just make it maybe 1 or two pictures of the candidate and text (information
Try that with a kid..... See how fast they ask if they can go home now... See how often they get distracted......And see how long it takes them to decide on who they would vote in
Offer adults and kids the same exact test as i stated above...... But add in clearly above each candidate.. "Likes Pepperoni Pizza"over one and "Plays Video Games" over the other
Watch how fast they give an answer ... .. I have a strong feeling they will answer the 2nd test with the bold letters much easier......
Whilst an adult taking the 2nd style test would either ignore the "Added" information... Or find it odd.. But certainly the decisions will largely be done the same.. In the same amount of time....
While kids will have wildly different answers looking at the test group and control group
Anyway.. Its a rant.. I know
Kids are too young and are not ready to take this big step to start debating. Children may find it hard to comprehend what adults try to point out. They may just pick the person who stands out the most and not who is going to represent our country better. I think children should not take this step so soon, and to wait until they are 18.
The Bush-Gore election was during my fourth grade year, and we held a school election. Even though my parents are Republicans, I voted for Gore. My reasoning? Gore looked younger and was therefore less likely to die in office. Is that really the kind of reasoning we need determining who our president should be?
What age are we talking about here? High school kids? Middle school? Kindergarten? Toddlers? I could see maybe lowering the voting age to 14 or 16, but no lower than that. Even at 14, kids are just beginning high school, haven't had civics and economics classes yet, and are hugely susceptible to peer pressure. Most kids would probably just vote the same as their parents or friends (although that's already a problem with adults) instead of choosing a candidate based on their own views.
If anything, the restrictions on who can vote should be tightened, not loosened. I'm not saying we should go back to determining voting ability by race or gender, just that people should know more than a candidate's party before voting for them. Throwing kids into an already under-educated voting population would be a catastrophe.
When I was a kid, I couldn't even understand what those politicians where even saying. Like lots of people said above me, kids cannot vote. If you ask a lot of kids about politics, most of them would either say, "What's politics?" or "I kinda don't care about it." I wouldn't vote if I was not interested in the topic or if I didn't know enough about it. Kids can vote for a favorite game to play or what kind of food they should have at a party, due to that not being a life changing choice. But, voting for big life changing things, like a new president or a new law is life changing.A child does not have the ability to understand the incomes of something life changing, due to them not really carding in the fist place.