Should the US decrease the presidential age requirement?

Posted by: PetersSmith

In the United States, a person must be at least 35 to be President or Vice President.

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The age requirement should be lowered to at least 30.

On several occasions, the Socialist Workers Party (USA) has nominated candidates too young to qualify for the offices they were running for. In 1972, Linda Jenness ran as the SWP presidential candidate, although she was only 31 at the time. Since th... e U.S. Constitution requires that the President and Vice President be at least 35 years old, Jenness was not able to receive ballot access in several states in which she otherwise qualified. Despite this handicap, Jenness still received 83,380 votes. In 2004, the SWP nominated Arrin Hawkins as the party's vice-presidential candidate, although she was only 28 at the time. Hawkins was also unable to receive ballot access in several states due to her age   more
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The age requirement should remain to at least 35.

What's so magical about the age of 35? Age is obviously no guarantee of good judgment for a politician — see New Yorkers Anthony Weiner (48) and Eliott Spitzer (54). But the idea that age brings wisdom and maturity is what the Founding Fathers had ... in mind when they spelled out in the Constitution that a president of the USA must be at least 35. Some note that 35 was "older" when the Constitution was written because average life expectancy in the 1700s was much lower than it is today — about 40 years, though that's a misleading average that counts the many who died at birth or in early childhood. Founding Father and first president George Washington lived to the age of 67. Thomas Jefferson died at 83. But there's a movement to let anyone old enough to vote, run for any office, including the presidency. France does this, and backers say it's only fair. Critics worry that some wildly popular young entertainer such as Justin Bieber (19) or Taylor Swift (23) might sweep into office on the youth vote. Not to fret. Another provision of the Constitution would block Canadian-born Bieber from becoming president, and since older Americans vote far more reliably than younger ones, there's not much chance (yet) of a president Swift   more
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The age requirement should be lowered to at least 18.

Osita Nwanevu: In January, state Sen. Linda Lopez of Arizona retired after 13 years in the legislature. Before announcing her retirement, Lopez looked for a candidate to endorse to fill her vacancy. She soon settled on Daniel Hernandez, Jr., a frien... d and a board member of Tuscon’s Sunnyside Unified School District. He agreed and began gathering support to run for office. A win seemed likely. There was just one problem. Hernandez was 24. Arizona law requires legislators to be at least 25 years old. But Hernandez initially hoped he could run because he would turn 25 just 13 days after being sworn in. It wouldn’t have been unprecedented. Young federal and state legislators-to-be have found ways to work around age of candidacy laws for almost as long as the laws have existed. Back in 1806, antebellum statesman Henry Clay was appointed to the U.S. Senate at the age of 29 and reached the Senate’s age of eligibility, 30, more than three months after being sworn in. No one seemed to mind. Hernandez wasn’t so lucky. As he found out, Arizona state law requires candidates to sign an affidavit proving that they will be eligible for the office they seek on Election Day, barring him from running altogether. The law was clear: 24-year-old Hernandez was unqualified to serve in the state Senate this year. But a 25-year-old Hernandez would have been fine   more
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The age requirement should be raised to at least 50.

In Italy a person must be at least 50 to be President of the Republic, 40 to be a Senator, or 25 to be a Deputy, as specified in the 1947 Constitution of Italy. 18 years of age is sufficient, however, to be elected member of the Council of Regions, ... Provinces, and Municipalities (Communes)   more
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The age requirement should be raised to over 50.

Though the minimum age requirement for a United States president is 35 years old, the vast majority of American commander in chiefs have fallen between the ages of 50 and 60. Presidents on the older end of the spectrum (60 and over) have been infreq... uent, but no less so than those on the younger side (50 and below). The 10 oldest presidents in history were all inaugurated after their 60th birthday   more
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The age requirement should be lowered to at least 25.

In the United States, many groups have attempted to lower age of candidacy requirements in various states. In 1994, South Dakota voters rejected a ballot measure that would have lowered the age requirements to serve as a State Senator or State Repre... sentative from 25 to 18. In 1998, however, they approved a similar ballot measure that reduced the age requirements for those offices from 25 to 21. In 2002, Oregon voters rejected a ballot measure that would have reduced the age requirement to serve as a State Representative from 21 to 18   more
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The age requirement should be lowered to at least 21.

Ruth: January 2013 saw the first plenary session of Ireland’s Convention on the Constitution. The Constitutional Convention was established in 2012 to discuss proposed amendments to the Constitution of Ireland. It had 100 members, comprising a Chair... man, 29 members of the Oireachtas, four representatives of Northern Ireland political parties and 66 randomly selected citizens of Ireland. During this first session, there was discussion of the role and election of the President of Ireland. Two proposals were rejected by the Convention – that the president’s term should be reduced from seven years to five years and that the president should be elected for one term only. When it came to the proposal to reduce the minimum age for presidential candidates, however, the vote was tight: half of the delegates (50) voted in favour, 47 voted against and three indicated they did not know. The vote therefore passed by just three votes. Following the Convention’s recommendation to the Irish Government, a referendum will be held in May 2015 on the ‘Age of Eligibility for Election to the Office of President’. Voters will be asked to reduce the minimum age of candidacy in Irish presidential elections from 35 to 21   more
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The age requirement should be lowered to at least 16.

In the UK (other than in Scotland) a person must be aged 18 or over (16 in Scotland) to stand in elections to all parliaments, assemblies, and councils at the European, UK, devolved, or local level. This age requirement also applies in elections to ... any individual elective public office; the main example is that of an elected mayor, whether of London or a local authority. There are no higher age requirements for particular positions in public office. Candidates are required to be aged 18 on both the day of nomination and the day of the poll. This was reduced from 21 by the Electoral Administration Act 2006   more
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The age requirement should be lowered to at least 14.

The Guardian: Charles Bukowski, the American poet and novelist, once said: "You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics." Well, politics certainly saved this one person – although there do... n't seem to be many others my age who take much of an interest in it. If I mention anything remotely related to the government or governments past to my friends, I get the same response: "Who cares about politics? They're all corrupt." Sometimes it's not even a verbal answer: there's a specific look of disappointment that gets the message across. This week I took my interest in politics a bit further than I'd previously imagined. It seems I have become the first 14-year-old to vote in a general election and, if we're to keep some faith in our voting system and the competence of its managers, hopefully the last. A few months ago my sister gave all the names in our household to an official who called at our door in Poulton, Lancashire. She thought the woman with the clipboard was asking about the census. In fact she was collecting names for the electoral register of Wyre and Preston North. So on Thursday morning I dressed as much like a Tory as I could manage: a trench coat, reading glasses, sharp shoes. I gave it my slightly eccentric aristocrat's walk and my best self-righteous Conservative accent, walked into St Hilda's polling station, went straight to the table and was directed to the slip which I was to cross. I paused, considered voting for Cat Smith of Labour, and then firmly placed a big cross in Lib Dem Danny Gallagher's box. I was probably the most perplexed person there: no glares or stares, just in and out in less than 30 seconds. My vote went with our local Liberal Democrat candidate for three reasons: • The first is that the country clearly wanted change. As an illegal voter I had no right to go against that. • The second is that as a socialist democrat I thought that the Liberals' views were the most democratic out of the three main parties. I sincerely hope Nick Clegg doesn't compromise on proportional representation in his meetings with Dave. • The third was I saw it as something of a tactical vote in an effort to hang parliament – the Lib Dems were most likely to beat the Tories in my constituency (although they didn't). The Daily Mail, being the wonderfully pragmatic paper that it is, has called it "steps to chaos". (Obviously, a Conservative government would be an instant step to economic heaven.) Out of all the possible outcomes, I am crossing my fingers for a Lib-Lab coalition. My crime only came out when I confided in one of my teachers. She didn't see the funny side and told the deputy head. I don't blame him for reporting it to the council, he was legally obliged at that point. But it was rather nerve-racking to think that I might be fast on the road to becoming a convict. When the police arrived, I came across way too informed and understanding to claim ignorance; the burly officer's patronising tone lowered as our interview progressed. Fortunately, it seems that I'm not going to be prosecuted. As it happens, I stood as a candidate this week, too. But my fraud isn't that grand. This time it was legal – a mock election at school. I and the candidates from other parties placed propaganda and stickers wherever we could. My Socialist Labour party went with the slogans "Nobody gets left behind" and "By the people, for the people". The Conservative party's campaign seemed eerily reminiscent of some cheap Disney production – "We're all in this together!" The Libertarians didn't go with a slogan, just some clever pieces about marijuana and prostitution. They received a better reception with the teenagers than the staff. Labour had one poster up, bless them, and it was just the usual: "A future fair for all." Ukip, who weren't at all ignorant or clueless, went with a picture of Arnold Schwarzenegger which was captioned: "Hasta la vista, Conservatives." The girls who did the Green party's campaign went with these cute, hand-drawn posters that read "Fair is worth fighting for." Filling Arthur Scargill's boots was intriguing; I found myself explaining socialism over and over. Whilst I didn't win (far from it), I did manage to get 20 teenagers to grasp the concept of socialism and embrace it. To me that's a great success. So why did I vote for the Liberal Democrats? Well, I voted for something that lends itself to my socialism because I believe that everybody has a moral obligation to help their fellow man and promote equal opportunities; conservatism, regardless of its alleged progressiveness, urinates all over that obligation. The working class/upper class contrast we have in this country is nothing short of an unofficial caste system. Since I took an interest in politics when I first read about Tony Benn, my interests have always been in equality and genuine democracy. First past the post just doesn't cut it. I dream of being a respected politician in the future – two favourite people in the world are Bill Hicks and Tony Benn. Just as William Hague got his step-up to politics from talking to the Conservative conference at my age, I would be delighted if some of Clegg's party or Brown's party would get in touch with me. I remain somewhat undecided about which is more socialist, with the absence of Labour's clause four. The highlight of my week was refusing an interview with the Sun, not just because I'm a Liverpool fan but also because I have some sense of decency. In any case, I read the Guardian, of course. Falling out with the Mail (I honestly thought they might be decent about it; silly me!) was interesting. Their second piece on me was just a lie; they ignored all of my truths. Still, I've enjoyed my Warholian 15 minutes. It's been one heck of a ride, I can tell you. Twitter's resident bloggers were mostly applausive of me, which came as a shock. But some suggested I get five years in jail, which to me takes things a little bit far   more
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There should be no age requirement to be president.

Article Two, Section 1 of the United States Constitution sets forth the eligibility requirements for serving as President of the United States: No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption ... of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States. The controversy arising from conspiracy theories over Barack Obama's citizenship and eligibility for the presidency prompted a number of Republican state and federal legislators to propose legislation aimed at requiring future presidential candidates to release copies of their birth certificates. The Hawaii State legislature went in the opposite direction, to limit the lengths that proponents can go in pursuit of this issue, as the pursuits have drained resources from the state   more
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The age requirement should be raised to at least 40.

In Estonia, any citizen 18 years of age or older can be elected in local elections, and 21 years or older in parliamentary elections. Minimum age for the President of Estonia is 40.
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PetersSmith says2015-07-13T15:58:45.9996917-05:00
Reece: It was written in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution.
jamicia says2015-07-13T16:08:31.5227446-05:00
I think it should be at least to the age where the person has more common sense
sara_ann_dee says2015-07-14T18:23:31.0106649-05:00
If 18 is the age we can fight for our country and drive cars - why not become a higher figure in society?

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