Traditionally, the legal age for voting is 18. However, as more and more teenagers become politically active, calls have increased for the voting age to decrease to 16 so that older teenagers can vote. Should 16- and 17-year-olds be allowed to have their voice heard politically? Or are they simply not mature enough?
We should move the legal voting age to 16.
More voices should be involved in the process
We should incorporate as much of the population as possible in decisions involving voters.
16-year-olds are capable of formulating opinions
Sixteen-year-olds are beginning to become independent-they are old enough to make their own decisions.
They have adult responsibilities, but can't vote
Once rights involving freedom are given, teenagers should be able to vote.
We should start incorporating politics as early as possible
Lowering the voting age increases voter turnout and instills habits for young voters.
The requirement is fine at 18.
The legal age of an adult is eighteen
If one is considered a legal adult, one should be able to vote.
Responsibilities are really starting
Life is beginning to happen, and this is the perfect age for the concept of civic duty to make an appearance.
If someone can be drafted, they should be able to vote
If one can be forced to fight in a war, one should be able to help shape their country.
Teenagers shouldn't be voting.
Life experience should be required
People under twenty haven't had the life experience to understand what they are voting for.
The age category of 18-29 has very low turnout
Statistically, young people vote less. Therefore, there is no point allowing them to vote.
Young people are easily influenced and manipulated
As seen in social media and other forms of online content, young people can too easily be taken advantage of to be entrusted with this right.
The brain isn't fully developed until 25
Teenagers do not have a fully developed brain, and so should not be expected to vote rationally.
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