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Post Reply Should US voting age be lowered to 16?
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To promote youth participation in politics, is allowing younger people to vote the best way to politically engage teens?
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No, not at all.

In fact, raise the voting age to 35 and 14 years of residency, that way only people old enough to be President can vote for President or any other political position.
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Sure, why not? Politically active teens are usually smarter than adults who just vote.
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Nope. Still too childish for anything remotely important. I just wanna throw them off the frickin bus every time I go on them...
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Posted 6/2/16 , edited 7/30/16
Hell no. I'm 21 and I'm not ready to vote ffs.
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This is a weird one. In the UK, you're legally an adult at 16. So it would make sense here... but I don't know that it does for the US, where 16 year olds are still children by law.
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Meh.
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San Francisco is pushing to become the first state to allow 16 year olds to vote. Two other municipalities in Maryland have already lowered the voting age to 16.
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lol, no
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DazaiShinju wrote:

This is a weird one. In the UK, you're legally an adult at 16. So it would make sense here... but I don't know that it does for the US, where 16 year olds are still children by law.


It is a little different in the states. According to our Federal Government, you're not an adult till 18 years of age. Here in Texas though, you're adult at the age of 17. It is different in each state. I'm not too sure on the age for each state. For the Federal Government I think that has to be in more line of being mature enough to understand everything properly.
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I would say no, the idea behind voting age is that you should vote when you legally can live apart from your family. That way people are less susceptible to have their voting manipulated by their parents.
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No. We're already allowed to vote before our frontal lobe fully develops.
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I'm going to have to say no. Unless 16 year olds start taking on more responsibilities in society that most people begin to take on between 18 and 20 years old then the voting age should remain as is. Unless your circumstances were unique compared to the typical 16 year old, chances are you weren't participating much in society. In fact you were probably living with your parents and still working towards finishing your basic education, and most ordinary decisions made by politicians wouldn't directly affect you unless they were very drastic changes.

Also, while some teens might be more politically savvy, a lot of them lack the experience with facing the consequences of the decisions made by government. When you enter adulthood, you start to take on more responsibilities and become more integrated in the working world. You become more aware of how the choices of politicians affect you, and with this understanding you're able to form your own opinions.
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The only reason we got 17 in the first place was that every college student was upset that the Vietnam drafting age was 18 but the age to vote against the war was 21.
Unless you've got some 16-yo.'s grievance that can compare with that.
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gornotck wrote:

No, not at all.

In fact, raise the voting age to 35 and 14 years of residency, that way only people old enough to be President can vote for President or any other political position.


Seconded - Also, change the system so that direct ballot counts determine the election.


BUT 16 year-olds voting on something other than reality television?

No. Just no. I mean, so much no, I just want to nope the hell out.

Seriously....no.

Just. No.

No.
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