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Should children be given the vote, with their ballots being cast by their parents until they come of age?

  • It gives them decision

    They give them decisions and they need to make decisions before they drive and they need to keep them from making a wrong decision and they need to make that decision they will love the vote they love if they make a right decision and the children and parents should make a right decision

  • Yes. Children are citizens too!

    As I mentioned, children are citizens too and can think for themselves. For example: Children almost make up a third of the country's population, and adolescents make up roughly 14% of it! So say 60% of Adults want Trump, and 40% want Hillary. Fair, right? Trump wins! NO! Because maybe 95% of children 13 and older wanted Hillary, in that sense, the majority of the country wants Hillary and Trump winning wouldn't be a fair win! It's very unfair to block out 14% of your country from voting when most of them very well can think for themselves and know who they would want as president. So we should lower the voting age to 13. Thank you!

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  • Kids should vote

    If children were to be able to vote, it would not go over well. They wouldn't vote based on issues as much as they would vote on how good looking the candidates are or what mommy and daddy are choosing. This could cause a shift in the election that could drastically effect our country.

  • Children will help shape the future and if they are left powerless how do you expect the future to be any brighter?

    Children will look at the prospects of a better future and better education which will lead to country to a better future. Old people will only look at the medical benefits a candidate provides because for them education means noting. But for a country to prosper education is what will play an important role.

  • Children are citizens and voting has no qualification prerequisite.

    Do children have human rights that need to be defended? Yes. Are children impacted by government policies? Yes they are. And are children forced to pay taxes? Yep they sure are. So why cant they vote? Kids may not understand politics but neither do most voters. If children had the right to vote than there education would be improved because they would start to understand politics better and it would better prepare them for future voting and understand politics better. This is why I think kids should have the right to vote.
    -Nelson Fields 6th grader from Brookwood Forest #TheKid

  • If competence is the issue than judgments on who should vote ought to be based on a test of competence

    I do not support the idea of proxy voting, but I do believe that everyone is entitled to vote, and the current voting system uses generalizations regarding children to justify discriminating against them. We all know that their are plenty of 18 year olds far less competent than the average 12 year old, and plenty of 12 year olds more competent than the average 18 year old. And yet we believe that just because the average 18 year old is smarter than the average 12 year old no 12 year olds should voe and all 18 year olds should vote? If competence is the issue let competence speak for itself and grant the right to vote to anyone capable of excercising it, not anyone capable of proving they were alive on a certain date.

  • No, because children don't understand why we vote.

    Children are still immature and not able to fully understand the reasons why we vote, or why certain people are running for office. Therefore, I believe parents should not vote for his or her children.

    Posted by: ReceptiveJoseph73
  • Children are not responsible enough to vote.

    How many kids do you know who would take the time to research politics and platforms and listen to debates? Allowing children to vote is a ridiculous notion. All this would do is give the parents extra votes - and the more kids they have, the more votes they get. Children are not independent enough and would simply go along with whatever their parents say. Turning 18 is a rite of passage, and there are reasons why age limits are in place on certain things. Besides, do you really want politicians going after children? I can only imagine the promises they would make!

    Posted by: 5h4bbyHaIey
  • No, giving parents extra votes for their children is a complex solution to a non-problem.

    Assigning extra votes for children is a stunningly complex solution to a non-existent problem. The complexity arises in determining who is eligible to exercise the voting rights, while the children are minors. Even in a traditional family, with a biological father and mother, it is not clear how to assign the rights. If you add in separations, re-marriages, children of unmarried parents and non-biological parents, and multiple voting districts, it becomes hopelessly difficult for a voting registrar to determine if someone is eligible to cast a vote for a child. There is a clear case against votes for children, and no credible argument that the benefit of such votes merits the effort and expense of implementing votes for children.

    Posted by: LuciaL
  • No, parents should not be given their child's vote to cast a ballot until they come of age.

    Every individual has the right to vote and as required by law. He or she should not vote when of age. Parents should not be given their vote as then it will be unfair to the candidates. The children may not want to cast their vote for the same candidate as their parents and I think parents in that position will manipulate the vote.

    Posted by: StripperMor
  • I disagree that parents should be allowed to cast a vote for their children, because it only succeeds in giving the parent two votes.

    I do not feel that parents should be allowed to cast a vote to elect an official for their children. All this would do is allow parents to have more than one vote. Children do not understand the complexity of the voting system, so their parents would essentially be the ones deciding who to vote for.

    Posted by: TickoCa22
  • Children do not have the mental capacity to understand the issues involved with voting, and their parents would simply use their vote for themselves.

    Children should not be given or expected to take on parental responsibility until they are old enough to fulfill it with a measure of wisdom and understanding. If you give children the right to vote and allow their parents to use that vote until they come of age you are simply giving parents more voting rights. This creates inequality in the voting masses of our Democracy.

    Posted by: MariaR
  • Children should not be given the vote.

    Children should not be given the vote because they don't have the intellectual capacity to make other decisions. If we allow children to vote, do we also allow them to consent to sexual relations, or purchase guns, or drink alcohol? The answer to all of these is NO, because children do not have the intellectual capacity to make decisions on their own.

    Posted by: jackprague94
  • Voting should be for adults only as children are not capable!

    If children were given the ability to vote, with their ballots being cast by parents until they were 18, it would turn the voting system into a joke. People would have children just for more votes. Typically people with a lot of kids are less educated and less informed; are these the people that should be getting additional votes? Definitely not!

    Posted by: TedieDelight
  • No children don't give vote

    Because they don't have the capacity to think who is right and who is wrong , and some people cheat with the children and they also give chocolate and toys and some other thing to the children ,so from my thinking I don't think that children would give vote .

  • No children don't give vote

    Because they don't have the capacity to think who is right and who is wrong , and some people cheat with the children and they also give chocolate and toys and some other thing to the children ,so from my thinking I don't think that children would give vote .


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