Should the voting age be lowered?

Posted by: Futurepresident2048

Should we lower the voting age?

26 Total Votes

No, keep it as it is.

15 votes

Yes, to 16

6 votes

Raise the age

3 votes

Yes, to 15

1 vote

Yes, to 14

1 vote
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Stefy says2015-04-04T07:02:38.1120632-05:00
I think you should have to way until 18 because at eighteen you are no longer considered a child. Your independent and have to pay taxes and all that. While you are still dependent on your parents not as many political decisions directly affects you. When you actually experience certain this you can think better about the issue. Now if you changed the age of adulthood to 16 or 17 thats different but i don't think you should do that
Futurepresident2048 says2015-04-04T07:58:59.0834018-05:00
@stey, at 16 your able to work and pay taxes, I'm 15 and I'm paying taxes and working. The voting age should definitely be lowered when kids are paying taxes that young, or at least exempt them from taxes.
mishapqueen says2015-04-04T12:06:48.1419704-05:00
@Futurepresident, do you know why it was lowered to 18?
mishapqueen says2015-04-04T12:32:51.9553275-05:00
Don't tear down a fence before first knowing why it was put up. There's a specific reason 18 year olds can vote.
Futurepresident2048 says2015-04-04T12:35:21.0156102-05:00
@mishapqueen, it isn't about why it was lowered to 18, in many municipalities 16 year olds can vote and it does a lot of good. In most european countries 16 is the legal voting age.
mishapqueen says2015-04-04T12:46:17.3738020-05:00
No, there's a specific reason people 18 and over are allowed to vote and people 17 and younger are not. Europe has nothing to do with it, it is US policy we are talking about.
mishapqueen says2015-04-04T13:05:02.8247662-05:00
Essentially the reason why the limit is 18 is not because of brain capability or taxes. The change came during the Vietnam War when the draft was lowered to 18. It was decided by the court system that if a person was old enough to die for their country, they should be able to vote. 16 year olds are in no danger of draft since education is such a big deal. In order to have the freedom of an 18 year old, a 16 year old must have the responsibility. It's part of being an adult. Since the draft age isn't going to go down since people value a child's education, the voting age shouldn't go down.
Futurepresident2048 says2015-04-04T20:00:01.9881509-05:00
It should have nothing to do with the draft. It should be when the government starts to have power over you, you should vote. Once your able to work at 16 you have to pay taxes, so that's when voting should be legal as the government is directly affecting you at that age.
mishapqueen says2015-04-04T20:05:26.0218914-05:00
You are misunderstanding the connection. Very few 16 year olds have jobs and pay taxes. The numbers increase as time goes on. It is optional for 16 year olds to be under the government's power. However, 18 year old men are subject to draft, so they are under its power whether they like it or not. So they should be allowed to vote. 16 year olds simply don't need it.
Futurepresident2048 says2015-04-04T20:08:36.0586550-05:00
1. The draft basically doesn't even count anymore as its never going to be used or needed again. 2. Your right it's optional to work but so is it at any age, retired people don't even work yet they get to vote. 16 is the most logical starting point. Many kids around 16 are going into junior year by when you've taken US History and taken the constitution test so they'd be more educated with voting. It also would help with politically activity and engagement.
mishapqueen says2015-04-04T20:42:19.8987080-05:00
1. You don't know that. 2. It isn't, because people 20's and upward need jobs to support their families. 16 year olds are usually still living off their parents. 3. You claim it is logical, but you give very little if any analysis.
Futurepresident2048 says2015-04-04T20:43:22.5787044-05:00
If you want to argue This then challenge me to a debate and will see who wins
mishapqueen says2015-04-04T20:47:36.6526470-05:00
Not right now, but I've debated this in the past in real life, and won every time. You are free to your opinions, I'm free to mine. We can agree to disagree. :)
srhelsel609 says2015-07-31T23:57:09.9394066Z
“If 16-year-olds are old enough to drink the water polluted by the industries that you regulate, if 16-year-olds are old enough to breathe the air ruined by garbage burners that government built, if 16-year-olds are old enough to walk on the streets made unsafe by terrible drugs and crime policies, if 16-year-olds are old enough to live in poverty in the richest country in the world, if 16-year-olds are old enough to get sick in a country with the worst public health-care programs in the world, and if 16-year-olds are old enough to attend school districts that you underfund, then 16-year-olds are old enough to play a part in making them better.”

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