Turning 16 is considered a milestone. In many states, it means being able to drive, pay taxes and work like an adult.
>"A lot of young people feel very powerless and they don't feel that their voice matters," Blackwell says, "and that's part of the reason why there might be this absence of young participation as adults."
>In the 2014 elections, voter turnout among people under age 30 hit its lowest level in 40 years, according to the Center for Information and Research on Learning and Engagement.
I think this is a really good idea because we are under-represented until we're in middle age.
I think it would be great if kids my age could vote since bills and laws affect us too. My main problem is that it wouldn't raise the amount of votes by a large portion, and even the small portion it does raise it will be kids regurgitating whatever bs their parents, friends, or the tv said. But then again it's probably that way with 18+ also
I've heard this since I was that age.
There's nothing wrong with waiting until 18 to vote. If 16-18 year to olds feel under represented; its because that age group only consists of a small portion of the whole.
The 'I can drive' argument doesn't work on me. By most measures, you are considered a minor until you are 18, and really you're not truly an adult until you are 21.
Be patient like the rest of us were. You'll be able to vote for the socialist voluptuary soon enough.
So they're trying to get some flexibility to move the age of consent down? It's surprising the pedo rights movement is moving as early as it is.
It also sounds like a way to exploit unprepared voters into voting based on marketing instead of substance. It obviously won't improve participation rates because everyone's first experience with voting will be high school kids going "lol who cares let's go party."
>In the 2014 elections, voter turnout among people under age 30 hit its lowest level in 40 years
What young person is going to come out and vote in a midterm election? This, coupled with grandma always voting, is why the legislature always swings right during midterms.
Most 16-year-olds are also unlikely to vote. But this means they're encouraged to be active citizens at a younger age, so young voter turnout would probably rise a little bit.
At least, that's what I'd guess. Not sure if I support the move, but I don't feel the "16 year olds are retarded" is a valid argument.
>letting people vote who haven't even taken our shitty excuse for a government and economic classes yet
No , FUCK no , The small percentage of people voting are misinformed enough.
How hard is it to pick up a copy of Thomas Sowell's Basic Economics?
How hard is it to realize the constitution is the greatest legal document ever devised and should be preserved in its fundamental ideals
Why doesn't anyone address moving the drinking age to 18 while they're at it?
If you can not only join the army at 18, but be forcibly drafted at that age as well, what argument makes sense to say that you can't buy beer until your 21? Where did that number even come from?
Remember that time when moms demanded control of America? MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) said that an unreasonably high number of drink driving deaths happen when the driver is 18-20. At 21 it drops for some reason, that's where it came from. (Brain stops developing at 25 more or less)
Voting shouldn't be allowed until at least 30. And even then, a very large population of Americans shouldn't be allowed. They're too uneducated (not stupid, they just don't know shit about shit) to have any reasonable opinion on the issues.
We still have dipshits in this fucking country who believe in fairies in the sky that speak for a guy who's his own Dad and killed himself. Give me a fucking break.
These people are qualified to have any say whatsoever in our nation's direction? No wonder America's become a shitshow.
Those dipshits founded and established the USA. Were it not for them you'd be sucking the Queen's toes.
I agree however, that the voting age should be higher. Most kids have 0 interest in politics and simply vote for who looks the best. You can guarantee that if Morgan Freeman was standing for elections he would get the votes in.
Its not because of policy, but appearance and buzzwords that get people to vote for you. I would say that the only reason Trump is getting the support he is getting, is that a lot of Americans became so vastly disappointed with Obama, that they rejected mainstream.
The media manipulates, and they will ALWAYS get what they want.
Just turned 18 here. I agree, im not that smart politically, but most 16 year olds at my school either think their gay or their just to fucking dumb to realize anything right about "politician goes here".
>wouldn't even let people who are my age vote because they're retarded as fuck
That's exactly the point here; your government is realizing that the average American is about as dumb as a 16 year old so why not just let them vote.
No, just no.
At 21 I feel like I simply don't really know enough about the political situation to really vote. At 16 I know way way less but felt like I figured it all out, that's not the kind of voter you want.
Is there any evidence that's an age thing? Legit question btw, could also be that it drops of because after a few years you might've been drunk enoough to realize it's not a good idea to get drunk and drive.
To be honest, if we're going to prevent youth from voting we should ban seniors as well. What makes an 80 year old with dementia more qualified to decide the future of our country than a 16 year old?