Should 16 year olds be allowed to vote? And Why

Posted by: Tumblrnatic

This is for school so please state why.

  • Yes

  • No

45% 14 votes
55% 17 votes
  • I'm 15 and feel the need to vote, at 16 most educated people should be able to make a good vote on what they believe in. At 16, the government will decide a lot about your life such as education and your future job.

  • Yes most kids who are 16 have feelings and would like to vote

  • Let the kids have a say

    Posted by: Kylar
  • There are just as many adults that don't give a damn about politics as there are careless students, it makes no difference. A 16 year old should be able to decide their future, especially if others are choosing to decide for them. I'd rather not inherit the seemingly disastrous future that the old leave for us, let the audacious take their place in society and have a say, then they won't be able to complain like when things didn't go the way before they could vote. It would be equally their fault.

  • They are definitely mature enough...

    Posted by: benhos
  • I believe it's a good way to get them involved with politics. After all, politics affect your future. Maybe not a federal level, but on a city and state level absolutely!

  • But their vote counts half.

  • No. At the age of 16, you don't know enough about the national issues, and most of the major national policies don't apply to you, so it wouldn't make sense for 16 year olds to have a say in matters that they both don't understand, and are not subject to.

  • Not mature enough, and act off of feeling rather than knowledge more often than not.

  • The status quo should not be altered absent a showing of good cause.

  • Apart from myself at age 16, I haven't ever met a 16 year old who pays attention to politics or what goes on in the world.

  • You need to have paid into the system and have some experience of it before being able to cast a vote that effects other tax payers.

  • Most of us are too stupid to make that decision.

    Posted by: ashkan
  • Too young. At eighteen your legally an adult. The reason coting at 16 is not good is because mamy issues do not yet affect you. You dont support yourself, you dont pay taxes, you dont own a home or have children ir a family to support in the vast majority of cases. t eighteen you should be allowed every legal right but you dint need to be a voting minor.

    Posted by: Stefy
  • Most eighteen-year-olds shouldn't be allowed to vote, as most of them have yet to grasp the meaning of politics and are too immature to handle the future of our country. Get on Twitter and look at the upcoming generation and tell me we're not screwed. I'd rather put it off for two more years than allow them a piece of the control now.

  • The age at which one ceases to be a minor is somewhat arbitrary, so any other age would also be somewhat arbitrary. We don't need to change ages every now and then. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

  • I'm 16 right now and while I would love to be able to vote because I am a very informed citizen, the vast majority of my peers are not ready to vote as all they know is the crap that the liberal media feeds them

    Posted by: aido46
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Craighawley215 says2015-04-23T14:03:09.5484008-05:00
Okay, quick question for the 16 year olds: what do you think about Obamacare? Would you vote to raise minimum wage? What do you think is a proper response to ISIS? If you don't have reasonable opinions on these issues, then I can't in good conscience agree that 16 year olds should be able to vote.
SwizzardWizard says2015-04-23T14:11:09.2843524-05:00
@Craighawley215 I'm 15 but I'll answer your questions because it's what I do. Obamacare: I think America should make something more like our NHS as people suffering from serious illnesses or injuries could die if they can't afford medical care (just look at Breaking Bad to see the negative side of paid medical care). Minimum wage: I would vote to raise it as many cannot live on the minimum wage or at least not in comfort, making a living wage rather than minimm wage would be better. ISIS: I think that we should send very well trained spies or something into their place and find out information or maybe reason with them (don't know how well that would work though), I am against war and think that the innocent people who lose their lives due to it are a big reason against it.
dbushwacker says2015-04-23T14:15:51.0533586-05:00
I think Obamacare is a lot like the GOP health care plan of 93'. I wouldn't complain if they raised the minimum wage, but in the same breath the government will just raise the taxes after all. ISIS... Well ISIS is a complicated situation that we totally sparked between Iraqi Sunnis and Shiites, I personally would like military assertion but that will take money and lives; there's really no right answer to that issue, though I would not just be handing out weapons to militias in the hopes that they do our work for us. Is that reasonable enough?
komododragon8 says2015-04-23T14:30:11.6044620-05:00
Craighawley: A whole lot of adults wouldn't be able to answer those questions yet we don't take away their right to vote. But to answer you questions: obamacare seems to be working so far but due to the complexity of economics it will be difficult to tell if it will work in the long term. I would be fine with raising the minimum wage but not by much. Lastly with the IS we should use mainly snipers and special ops teams to eliminate their leaders while inflicting as few civilian casualties as possible, that way we will give them less chances to demonize us and as a result they will lose support.

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