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(2) Voting Age: Should it be lowered?

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Started: 1/21/2019 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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EJR925

Con

[First round is for stating your position or premises you'll be defending and clarifying anything you think needs it]

Position/Premise(s): I do not think the voting age should be lowered. I do not think 16 or 17 year olds should have the right to vote because typically have lower interest in politics (which makes them apathetic towards issues and reduces their voting effectiveness), Less political knowledge, And lack of experience (which on average is the main factor for changing people's minds on issues).

Clarification: To lower the voting age to 16 would require a Constitutional Amendment approval from 2/3 of both houses and Congress and 3/4 of the 38 states of state legislatures. Some cities in California and Maryland allow 16 year olds to vote in local elections.

I am open to getting my mind changed. I hope to have a discussion with someone who has rational reasons and logic and evidence to support their position. I will post my arguments/rebuttals on rounds 2-5.
LibtardCrusher

Pro


The students who are calling for gun control in the aftermath of the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, Are challenging the stereotype of American kids as lazy and uninterested in politics. Unfortunately, When it comes to electing lawmakers whose decisions about gun control and other issues affect their lives, These teens lack any real power. This needs to change.


Critics will no doubt raise questions about the ability of 16-year-olds to make informed decisions in the voting booth. Aren’t the brains of young people not fully developed enough to make good judgments? Aren’t young people impulsive and hotheaded?


Not in a situation like voting, Which isn’t something done on the spur of the moment. It’s done calmly in a voting booth and with much deliberation. Studies show that by age 16, Young people in this kind of situation can gather and process information, Weigh pros and cons, And reason logically with facts. Teens may sometimes make bad deliberative choices, But they don’t make them any more often than adults do.


Debate Round No. 1
EJR925

Con

According to social scientists Tak Wing Chan and Matthew Clayton, 16 and 17 year olds would not be competent voters. Quote, "research in neuroscience suggests that the brain, Specifically the prefrontal cortex, Is still undergoing major reconstruction and development during the teenage years, " and added that the prefrontal cortex is what "enables us to weigh dilemmas, Balance trade-offs and, In short, Make reasonable decisions in politics. " And not to mention citizens under 18 are under different contract, Labor, And criminal responsibility laws. They aren't allowed to join the military without parental consent. They can't serve on a jury.

Ages between 18-29 don't really have interest in voting anyways until their later years. Only 12. 5% of 18 year olds participated in the 2014 midterm election, Even though the general population was 42%. According to the United States Elections Project's analysis of U. S. Census Bureau data, There were only 16% of eligible voters 18-29 years old voted in the 2014 election. Even though ages 30-44 was 30%. Ages 45-49 was 43%. Ages 60 and up were 55%. Over the last 3 decades, 18-29 year olds participating in voting for elections never exceeded 21% in a midterm election. In the 2016 presidential election, 18-29 ages voted were 43%, Ages 30-44 were 57%, Ages 45-59 were 66%, And 60 plus were 71%.

Only 23% of students scored above the "proficient" level on the most recent National Assessment of Educational Progress test of civics knowledge and skills. 16 or 17 year olds are typically the least politically uninformed or misinformed, Least politically experienced, Least mature or competent in making long-term judgments that are realistic.
LibtardCrusher

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
EJR925

Con

I have nothing to rebuttal.
LibtardCrusher

Pro

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Debate Round No. 3
EJR925

Con

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LibtardCrusher

Pro

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Debate Round No. 4
EJR925

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LibtardCrusher

Pro

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Debate Round No. 5
1 comment has been posted on this debate.
Posted by DeletedUser 3 years ago
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The kids in parkland didn't know that gun control was an issue before. Parents have too much political influence on their kids. It is not until a kid moves out at 18 where a kid starts thinking about politics.
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