Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

The laws created by elected officials don’t only affect those who are old enough to vote for them. For example, health care and immigration policy have the potential to affect children and adults alike—regardless of their ability to vote for their elected officials. Some have suggested that lowering the voting age to 16, like it is in many other countries throughout the world, would offer more people the chance to influence the politics of the United States.

Those in favor of lowering the voting age believe that it would create a habit of engagement among young people in America. If students began voting at 16, while they are still excited about the election process, then they would be more likely to continue voting throughout the rest of their lives.

Those in favor of keeping the voting age at 18 believe anyone younger than that is too immature to understand the responsibility that comes with voting. This group believes that 16 year olds are less likely to understand the issues and do the proper research necessary to become educated voters.

What do you think? Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Current Standings:
Yes: 32%
No: 68%
  • Emily from Virginia

    Young people are given less credit than they deserve. By age 16, the portion of the population that would take advantage of a lowered voting age are most likely going to be politically engaged and eager to vote. This ease in the age restriction wouldn’t appeal to teens that are not political and probably would not go to the effort to vote. Additionally, there is not much difference in education between 16 and 18; by 16 (at least in Virginia) most people will have taken at least 2 civics courses and 1 US history course. Finally, restricting a very eager portion of the population from voting only reduces voter turnout and discourages political engagement at a young age.

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    • David from Florida

      Teens who are 16 should ONLY be allowed to vote to place persons into office that will still be in office when they are 18. When said individual turns 18 they will receive full voting rights. Along with this new voting age Public Schools begin to follow a strict rule book which bans teachers from having a bias towards a certain political party. As these teachers may have a sway on students at the age of 16. Any teachers found breaking these rules will be suspended from school for a month without pay. It a teacher continues to miss use their teaching privileges they will be let go immediately and the school board will start an investigation to decide if the teacher should have their teaching certification revoked. These 16 year olds should be given the right to vote given that the poltical landscape is beginning to become more and more important to the lives of many students. Along with this voting right 16 years should be required to be currently enrolled in school. Wether that is a private or public.

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  • Zerxes from California

    The voting age in America should be lowered to sixteen. Sixteen is a reasonable age, at least as reasonable as eighteen or twenty-one. On the one hand, there are individuals who claim that sixteen year olds lack the maturity necessary to vote. Obviously, an adult must be more mature. Including a large proportion of adults who voted for a dead gorilla, Keith Richards, and Stone Cold Steve Austin, among others. If an adult will do it, there is no reason that a sixteen year old should be denied that ability. In addition, sixteen is a ripe age to prevent the other potential abuse of lowering the voting age: parental coercion. A young child with the ability to vote could be easily swayed by their parents, or downright disenfranchised. However, a sixteen year old is old enough to defend that right from their parents, and can be expected to use it responsibly. Because voting is a right, and undeniably so. The 26th amendment to the Constitution reads “The right of citizens…to vote.” Evidently, the question is to whom we extend such rights. And it is the position of this individual that the voting age should be lowered to sixteen.

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  • Veronica from California

    The younger generation should be able to vote at the age of 16. Starting to vote at a young age will train the youth to vote throughout their lives, therefore strengthening their involvement. Older generations tend to assume that the young are indifferent to politics and the policy agenda, however they have not gotten a chance to demonstrate their engagement. In addition, the older generations represent the youth every time they turn in their ballots; these ballots tend to have issues on education and safety. Who better to ask about the education system then the students themselves? “Common sense” seems to dictate that teens are unable to vote at a young age, but if ignorance is a reason to exclude them from voting, the majority of the population should be included in that portion.

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    • Christian from Massachusetts

      How do we account for students making the right vote that isn’t biased because of their parents? Parents will naturally abuse this system making their children vote for their side.

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    • Rose from Texas

      Teenagers are told to “go out more”, “do more for the community”, and that they “should go make a change.” They can not do much if that because they are not able to vote.They are not able to choose who is in charge. They are not able to have a voice in what goes on if their lives. Therefore, the voting age requirement should be lowered. Students, teenagers, should have a right to vote. They should be able to have a choice in what goes on in the nation they live in. They should be able to understand,dictate, and learn more about politics, and their country. They seem ignorant, and its proven they are “crazy” , yet adults, just because of their age, even if they do the exact same things, they are able to vote. It is a biased nation, and its majority population, however, only half the population is able to choose who goes in office. The students, 16 and older, should not be judged, by their choices, which they have yet to have. People need to take a stand, make a change, and help ourselves out by letting more vote and begin to understand the world in a new perspective. The students should be able to help themselves mature and the elders should help arrange to further nature the younger generations for better things. Therefore the voting age should be lowered to the age of 16.

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    • Tristan from Texas

      Wow, Veronica! I hadn’t considered a lowered voting age as a tool for establishing a healthy habit of civic participation! That alone does seem like a convincing reason to lower the voting age, even though I personally disagree with lowering it!

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  • Bebhinn from Pennsylvania

    Teens should have a chance to decide who runs our country.

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  • Kailyn from Georgia

    In high school, it is required for students to learn the processes behind politics, the history behind the Constitution, and in some cases, the platforms of political candidates. All too often, candidates rely on publicity to grab votes. Commercials and signs clutter the media, but the actual idea behind the sign is withheld. Adults are just as susceptible to the ploys of the media as kids- but they are not regularly educated on the subject. Not only would sixteen and seventeen-year-olds add to the voting population, they would provide educated points of view that challenge the popular belief.

    In addition, teenagers face the problem of being “in between”. They are not adults, they cannot drive after ten o’clock or enter the military, yet they are not children either. They face complex social issues magnified by those raging hormones. In the confusion of high school, it is easy to assume your voice is being lost- that you have no control. Getting involved in not only federal elections, but state and local elections can help teens feel that they are being heard.

    Society sees teenagers as uninvolved and uninterested in their community. Maybe that’s because teens are not offered the same opportunities to get involved. High school students are able to balance eight classes, as well as the obligations of a job, athletics, and academic clubs. These commitments teaches these individuals responsibility, critical thinking, and a sense of self; all traits that a person needs to make an educated decision about a political candidate or proposition. Students are more than capable of seeing what is best for themselves and their community.

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  • Anastasia from Idaho

    I do believe that the voting age should be lowered to 16 for a few core reasons. First off, these youth are our future America and will be the ones that help to determine whether or not our country progresses. Involving them into the political process at a younger age will afford them the opportunity to learn more about the American political system and processes, and in turn be more informed for the future. Many people will use the counter argument that they won’t focus on the politics and will only do what they think is right according to other people. While that may be true for a few new voters, it is unfair to ostracize them based on why they vote. I can assure you that there are many people of all ages; 20’s, 30’s, 60’s, etc., that vote without further research into the political arguments. Take the presidential election of 2016 for example, many people that year abandoned research on political candidates, for voting to keep one person out of office. That is not how a country should run. Hopefully with the introduction of 16-year-old’s into the voting system, maybe there will be a more balanced view. After all, children tend to notice patterns and situations that adults have become numb to. These people could bring that view. Additionally, a lot of policies aimed at 16-year-old’s and younger groups will no longer be decided without their consent. Since when was it within our right to say whether or not a person should be allowed to do something against their will and input? In my opinion, it isn’t. So I urge you to consider allowing them to vote, if not for yourself, than for them.

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  • Erika from Ohio

    I believe that the voting age should be lowered to 16 because we have teenagers that are up to date on their facts and opinions of who should be running for office, but they don’t get to help determine who is in office the whole time they’re in high school. I just think that they should be given at least a portion of the say in who leads them.

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  • Patrick from Arizona

    Kids now have more sense of politics. They watch and learn in school and most of the time they have some good points to their likes and dislikes. It would help shape their futures.

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  • Taylor from Texas

    The current use of media and exposure in school causes children 16 and up to gain interest in political voting and changing the legal voting age could help increase the amount of American involvement in politics. Younger generations are always trying to get their opinions heard and older generations are always trying to make sure their opinions over-power the younger ones. The clash in individual beliefs may not only increase political participation but also make people use their brains when they vote and not just vote for whatever party they are in.

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  • J. from California

    18 is a seemingly arbitrary age. Many people consider 18 the age of adulthood and therefore only 18+ should be able to vote. However, you need to be 21 to drink, which is what the voting age used to be. And, 16 year olds can drive and work jobs. 12 year olds can travel on planes alone and stay at home alone. Obviously 12 is too young, given the prepubescence and general inexperience of a 12 year old. However, 16 years olds, as juniors or seniors in high school, have very similar experiences compared to that of 18 year olds. Also, the brain at that age is developed enough to make an informed, conscious decision. Age is not representative of maturity in all cases, for example many adults rant on social media sites and complain. Some teens run for school positions, work, and research about issues. However the immature childish adult can vote yet the educated informed teen cannot. Besides, since voter turnout is extremely low anyways, letting teens vote opens up a new category of voices. Education is an imperative issue in modern society, yet we do not allow its members to vote. For example, over 90% of students at my school, at least from my experience, highly dislike common core. However it was passed because only adults and those not students voted on it. It is effective in theory but in practicality it is a bad method that just makes everything harder. Had the youth been allowed to vote, we would not have this curriculum.

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  • Jessica from California

    The younger generations are the future. Why don’t we get a say in it? Older generations aren’t going to live in the systems they’re creating for us; our new, open-minded way of thinking is not supported by old generations. If 16-year-olds could vote, we’d: be more interested in politics, shape a future we can actually see ourselves in, and support the rights of groups currently not being supported fully by other generations (LGBTQ+, cultures, etc). Allowing us to vote would have to be voted on by our elders; the system is rigged. They don’t want to hear us. But we have a voice that is important, relevant, and that should be heard.

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  • Clara from Iowa

    I’m 17 and I will not turn 18 before the next vote. I am well educated and love to pay attention to what is happening in our government. I think that I am truly ready to vote but I am unfortunate prohibited by the law. I also think it would be a great way to encourage more people to get out there to vote. Our voting rates are going down and fast. This could open up a door for more people to be at the polls. I think that is this is changed we should also plays government classes in all middle schools. We should also make this class mandatory for graduation. This can also bring in the opportunity to educate the youth of America on our government because some day they will be the ones in office. It would be a hard task to accomplish but potentially a rewording one.

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    I’m 17 and I will not turn 18 before the next vote. I am well educated and love to pay attention to what is happening in our government. I think that …

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  • Cherie from Washington

    Yes, I do believe that the voting age should be lowered to 16, or perhaps even 14. People say that this is too young to vote, as people this age would be too immature. However, studies show that the brain does not fully mature until 25. Note that 18 < 25. Furthermore, if a 16 year old is mature enough to drive, why not vote? Driving is far more dangerous in my opinion. A car accident can kill people. Some wayward votes will not. And there are many topics that affect teens just as much as (and a few even more so) than adults! Immigration, education, healthcare, access to abortions/birth control, rights of different minority groups, gun control, the environment, access to a free Internet. Whatever decisions voters make, we will have to deal with, so it's only fair that we get a say. And there are many people of voting age that don't bother to do research and make themselves informed; rather, they vote based on a single issue, political party, or who there friends and family are voting for, IF they vote at all.

    However, I can acknowledge that some teens may not be prepared for this responsibility. Therefore, I think that minors registering to vote for the first time should have to pass some kind of knowledge test, to confirm they understand the workings of our government enough to vote responsibly. This will prevent "irresponsible" votes, and besides, if a teen is educated on our political system, this may help them be able to analyze propaganda and false promises used on the campaign trail.

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  • Brianna from Virginia

    I believe that the voting age should be lowered to age 16 because the youth are the backbone to the future. While in school and daily in social media, they are being familiarized with political topics and issues that are being presented to United States, as current government officials use social media to speak their voice and get their opinions to the community. By becoming familiar with government and politics through social media and education, students can get a head-start and create their own political decisions that will influence how their government is managed throughout their lives.

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  • Tori from Alabama

    I believe the voting age should be reduced to 16, as it would not only allow the younger generation – the generation who will be the face of this country – to be able to express their political opinions, but also a means to get the younger generation more in touch with the election system.

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  • Orlando from District Of Columbia

    Yes because each younger generation is more informed and aware of the current situations present in our country than ever before. We lack trust in our youth, yet we do not give them the opportunity to demonstrate otherwise. Lower the voting age to 16 and stop being so stubborn, resistance to change.

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    • Joshua from Arizona

      Older generations are always reminding us, the younger generation, that we are the future. They say this with their words, but why is it that their decisions dictate what will occur in my life and in the life of my peers, when we are better informed and suited to make our own decisions. Older generations do not see the issues the same way young people do because of the demographics that have been brought on by technology and other key factors. If we truly want civic engagement in our nation, we have to involve the youth, especially since they will be the ones to inherit the aftermath of what is decided in the political shpere.

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  • Sarah from Arizona

    Many people believe voting is a duty of being a citizen of the United States. Currently in the United States, the voting age is 18. The voting age should be changed to 16 because voting is a habit, being 18 is already a struggle without adding the new hassle of voting, and the young population see the election as if it was going against them.
    Voting is a habit. Johnston describes that each generation as you go up has more voters, for instance more people vote in their 40’s than 30’s and more people vote in their 50’s than 40’s. The sooner you start this process of habit, the sooner the habit can begin and the more people who can vote and the longer.
    Which brings me to my next point that so many things happen at the age of 18. Kids are focused on moving out, graduating school, and getting away from their parents as Johnston points out. Most of these kids are not going to want to deal with the hassle, confusion, and all it takes to vote when they have so much else on their plate at the age of 18.
    Lastly, the younger population doesn’t vote because they feel that the election is already against them according to an article “Why the voting age should be lowered to 16”
    from the Economist. If the voting age was lowered and more of the younger population voted then they would feel like their vote matters more, like it should.
    The younger generation is our future. Their votes matter.The sooner their voting habits start the better, the sooner they learn how to vote the better, and the sooner they feel like their vote matters the better. They are our future, their votes are our future, it shouldn’t be taken lightly and the age should be lowered to 16.

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  • Ella from Wisconsin

    Teenagers must follow the law, yet have no say in electing the legislators that write them. They also pay income and sales tax, yet have no representation in government. As soon-to-be adults, many elected officials will directly impact laws that will change their lives. Teenagers have a definite stake in making sure their government will serve their interests. Adding teens to the electorate means that elected officials will have to consider the issues that affect them when making decisions.

    In 2013, Takoma Park, Maryland Changed their voting age to 16, and saw a turnout rate four times higher in registered voters under 18 than voters over 18. Allowing people to vote at a younger age will make them more likely to vote. Voting is habitual, so cultivating more regular voters will ultimately increase voter turnout.

    Many people believe that teens are not mature or informed enough to vote, but has this ever been a qualification for adult voters? 16 year olds have gone through civics education and have the same access to information about candidates running for office as do their adult counterparts, so why would we argue they won’t have an informed vote? Many teens are interested and invested in the future of their country, and have been politically active in other ways. These teens deserve a vote.

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  • Fona from California

    The voting age should be lowered to 16. It could boost the voting participation across the country. As, a wider selection of people would be allowed to vote. Your age should not affect how qualified you are to vote, so there shouldn’t be a difference between 18 year olds and 16 year olds. Some people say that 16 year olds don’t know the world, but do 18 year olds know the world, either? It is just two years. And that isn’t. What difference does two years make? How can age judge how qualified a person is to vote? It doesn’t. As long as you do your research, everybody should be qualified enough to vote. (Guaranteed you know the basics.) I feel as though it is unfair that 2 years can make such a difference. Thank-you for your time.

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  • Iris from Connecticut

    People should be able to vote at age 16, especially now. In 2017, we have the internet, an incredible tool that allows us to learn about a candidate without ever meeting them or hearing them speak. This gives us an amazing advantage over previous years, and allows us to be more aware or our community and our country. Similarly, we also have the 24-hour news cycle, allowing us to stay up to date on whether or not the people voted into office are making the decisions we want. Finally, 16 year olds will be more effected than the majority of the population, as these polices will impact our futures and job options. As a teen, I want someone who will fight for the things important to me, and the best way that I can do that is to go out and vote.

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  • Rebekah from New York

    Teenagers are the ones stuck living in the future world that old people run; we should get a say in which old people run it.

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  • Joselin from New Jersey

    Adults often like to do what is best for the children, so they make the decisions for us and they think it is okay to do so. Why shouldn’t we be able to vote? What is the difference of the mentality of a 16 year old vs a 18 year old? Nowadays young adults know everything that is going on, and because we’re so informed, we actually might know more. Maybe because we’re constantly on social media and although adults think we’re just on Twitter gossiping or on Snapchat playing with filters, the majority is actually learning something useful. The people who can vote have no idea what growing up in this generation feels like and all the mistakes America has made and that we wish to never make, because we know the past and we’re living in the future, we know what’s best for us. Who they vote on is affecting our future, not theirs. I’m on hundred percent positive if we, the so called “minors” were eligible to vote, we wouldn’t have made the mistake of electing the wrong person to serve office for 2017.

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  • Alejandra from Ohio

    In order to lower the voting age, we would have to make sure children know what they’re doing, so that should include implementing more rigorous history classes instead of a general overview. Children should be taught younger about their rights and things they can do. If we were to be able to gauge their depth of knowledge on historical accuracy and how our government works, we would be able to properly lower the voting age in hopes of not only catering to the adults of our society. I, as a young adult, care very much about how our country is being run, but I have no control over what happens and that’s very unfortunate.

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  • Lindsay from Florida

    If I can drive I can make a decision

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  • averi from California

    16 year olds are mature and old enough to decide who should represent them.

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  • Elax from Texas

    Young people are misunderstood and aren’t given credit when it comes to making important decisions. Teens’ lives are affected by what others feel is best and I believe it isn’t fair not to allow them a say. Around 16, teens who plan to go to college and/or begin their career search have to look for ways to financially support their dreams. If their parents can’t afford to do so then the teens are tasked with getting financial aid through grants and scholarships. These teens need to know they have support from the government who are decided by their older brothers/sisters or parents. Not all parents know what is best for their child in all aspects of their life and it’s a reality. We all grow up in different times so we need to allow these teens to choose who represents them the best and not leave it up to their older families. Part of maturity is being able to make important decisions and have support as to why it’s being made. We force these teens to wait until they are 18 on one of these important decisions but for some, they have already graduated and are in college or closing on deadlines for their first year. By now some will have moved out of their parent’s home and won’t have the experience of making a big decision that slightly impacts their life because it was picked for them. In a way, this limits the freedom we proudly have thanks to the men and women that serve and have served for this country. All choices have consequences so why should our teens suffer these consequences for decisions they didn’t make? We can’t take away the right for teens to stand up for what they believe in. We also have teens looking to work right away after high school and job employment will be important to them so they should be allowed this opportunity to make a path for their working careers.

    We also can’t turn away our homeless teens and those who have no families. They are struggling too and should have a choice in who represents their lives. If we don’t allow the young smart minds to show us a different perspective then we will continue to be afraid of changes and slow our progression to evolving. If these teens are our future then why can’t they choose who represents their future?

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  • Dawson from Michigan

    It should be sixteen because many laws distinguish us from our parents at that age. I think you should be able to vote at age sixteen after a briefs civics test which can be prepared for in school, or through an online course. This would reinforce the idea of being a mature, educated voter while simultaneously broadening the voting population

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  • Erika from Illinois

    At first glance, one might look at this question an quickly answer “no way!” But this is not a bad idea. Giving younger people the chance to vote will tremendously change the way that elections turn out. For example, many of Bernie Sanders’ supporters were young people around this age. If this age was lowered, Bernie Sanders could have been the 2016 democratic nominee for the democratic party. Now how is it a good thing that younger people can skew the election? Ultimately, if younger people can vote, the party nominee or the president votes would be a more accurate representation of the United States population and their desires. The outcome of elections could be even fairer now that they represent the younger people as well. I believe that once someone receives their driver’s license, they are eligible to register for voting.

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  • Chloe from Hawaii

    We’re taught that voicing our opinions at a young age is good. It tells the adults of the world what we’re looking for our future to be like. It gives us a sense of importance and confidence all things good for the development of a mind. Yes the voting limit should be lowered to 16.

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  • Kat from New Jersey

    People at age 18 vote uneducated, so people at age 16 can be in the same position. Alternatively, people at age 16 can know more about politics than someone at 18. It all depends on the individual person. If you’re allowed to drive, and given that responsibility, then you should be allowed to vote how your life will be dictated for the next 4 years.

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  • Dakota from Arkansas

    I think everybody should vote under the age of sixteen

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  • Aurele from Washington

    The voting age should be lowered because adults often underestimate how much attention 16 year olds would pay if taken seriously.

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  • Allison from Washington

    A counterpoint to most of those here, i believe that the voting age can and should be lowered: even to the age of 14. That said, i believe a basic understanding of political sciences must be demonstrated before these children are allowed to vote. This could be achieved in a number of ways, most stemming from the education system, such as a nation-wide required test or class, in order to show proficiency in understanding of political sciences. It is absolutely ludicrous that people of an age able to identify the problems in society have no official or simple way of rectifying them. The long term effects of certain elections can resound for generations, and few are more affected by them than the youth of the United States of America.

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  • Alex from California

    With everything that is happening in today’s society, 16 year old should be able to notice it. Everyday its on the news. If we can get drafted into the Army at 18 and buy cigarettes them we should be able to vote on a ballot at sixteen.

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  • Hunter from Georgia

    I believe the age should be lowered for voting because the young people are the future of the country

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  • Jacob from California

    I believe that with the widespread American media and the advanced education in today’s schools that sixteen year old should have the right to vote in the United States of America. My first argument in the debate over sixteen year old’s voting rights is this: All over America today arguments are filling the classrooms with great knowledge of politics and western culture. Some may say these arguments are sparked from the hatred of the standing president, Donald J. Trump, Although the spark isn’t the important premise of the argument. What is important is the content.The content has a great deal of knowledge of current events such as woman’s’ rights , second amendment gun rights, and of coarse voting rites. The country belongs to the American people, and sixteen year old kids are a part of the American people. The next generation of people will inherit the United States in its current condition, shouldn’t they have a say in what the will soon inherit. The age minimum shouldn’t be lowered under sixteen due to the mass delinquency of young teens. Studies show that sixteen year old kids have the ability to think for themselves, some examples of this ability is the permission for teens to drive by themselves making a lot of decisions of what to do while driving which if done improperly could kill someone. So why not trust them to decide the next 4 or 2 or 1 year of public office. Thank you for reading what I have to say.

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  • wenston from Massachusetts

    I Believe the voting age should be lowered for many reasons. If a 16 year old can be on the roads and drive then one can vote. Allowing the younger generation to vote then we can get the younger involved in the community. All 16 year old are expected to obey the law but do not have a say in making the law

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    I Believe the voting age should be lowered for many reasons. If a 16 year old can be on the roads and drive then one can vote. Allowing the younger …

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  • Emily from Illinois

    Whether it is obvious to you or not, at 16, young people know more than you would think about the way our world works. Our government is responsible for the welfare of future generations, and those future generations include 16 year olds. Input from younger generations is crucial in conserving their welfare. Government officials like to think they know what America’s youth needs, but don’t actually receive any input from them. Allowing 16 year olds to vote, along with additional education over the concepts of American government, will ensure a society that appreciates and supports future generations, and the future of America.

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    Whether it is obvious to you or not, at 16, young people know more than you would think about the way our world works. Our government is responsible f…

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  • Eva from Massachusetts

    When I was 16, the government was already in a crazy situation involving Trump and such. I had a very big political voice I wanted to use but could not because I was unable to vote. If these 16-year-olds are serious, a very good outcome could occur. We could be able to have a voice in the political part of the world.

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    When I was 16, the government was already in a crazy situation involving Trump and such. I had a very big political voice I wanted to use but could no…

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  • Malachi from Michigan

    If driving is 16 voting should be 16.

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  • Abby from Kansas

    I do believe that 16 year olds should be able to vote. As our country continues to raise the bar of how old people should be for certain privileges, the need to become more responsible decreases. By giving 16 year olds this opportunity and responsibility to vote, we are encouraging informed, and active citizens. We shouldn’t continue to decrease our expectations, rather increase them.

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    I do believe that 16 year olds should be able to vote. As our country continues to raise the bar of how old people should be for certain privileges, t…

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  • Hanna from Iowa

    Age doesn’t make a difference in how informed a person is, something I feel a majority of those who vote no neglect to mention, in addition to the fact that adults spend just as much time obsessing over social media and binge watching Netflix as sixteen-year-olds. I mean how many adults walk up to the booth and just check off every republican or democrat candidate without actually knowing that person’s ideas, but just don’t want the other party in power?
    If parents became better role models (talking about politics, listening to the news, taking their kids voting, etc. ), then teenagers WOULD be informed and prepared to vote.
    Also, many teenagers pay taxes because they have jobs. A major reason the colonists fought the Revolutionary War was the idea of having a voice in the government that they support through taxes.

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  • Jae Yun from Hawaii

    The voting age in America should be lowered to include those 16 and up. While some may argue that a 16-year-old’s “lack of maturity” may preclude them from voicing their opinion at the ballot box, evidence shows that the benefits of lowering the voting age heavily outweighs the perceived setbacks.

    If 16-year olds are allowed to pay taxes, drive, and work without hour restrictions, why should they lose the right to voice their opinion on important referendums and elections? Our nation was founded due to taxation without representation yet in our modern era, we still see this problem arise with youth who pay taxes but have no say in the matter. People under 18 have paid more than $730 million dollars in income tax alone but still, don’t have the ability to voice their political opinions. This is simply unjust.

    Lowering the voting age has also been in practice in other nations including Germany and the United Kingdom. When youth are allowed to vote, they are encouraged to voice their political opinions to their peers and their family members, driving up turnout not only in their age group but in other age groups as well. This “trickle-up” effect not only benefits younger generations but their older counterparts as well. By lowering the voting age, we allow for youth to develop a strong sense of civic duty.

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  • Kevin from Utah

    Rights and responsibilities should always match. A 16 year old has fewer rights as a citizen, but is still charged with certain responsibilities. We fought an entire war over taxation without representation. When a 16 year gets a job he or she is still required by law to pay taxes. Taxes that that 16 year old has absolutely no say over whatsoever. In general we shouldn’t differentiate citizens by age if we’re going to apply the same rules and regulations to them. An 18 year old can be drafted into the military and sent to die for his country, but he can’t legally buy cigarettes or drink alcohol. The same sentiment applies to 16 year olds voting. Either they shouldn’t be required to pay taxes until their 18 and can vote or we should lower the voting age to match when someone is required to start paying into the system (if they’re employed).

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    Rights and responsibilities should always match. A 16 year old has fewer rights as a citizen, but is still charged with certain responsibilities. We f…

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  • Taviah from Alabama

    Since kids hit puberty during their teen years, their minds become more mature and they seem to understand most things that adults seem to ignore, but those little things could matter when it comes to a world filled with issues. Lowering the voting age could maybe help with our economy and improve our government with making the right choices for voting. Most people seem to vote for candidates they know, but they refuse to think twice about the outcome of voting for those people, because they are conniving adults who would not take a child’s opinion since they doubt the immature abilities of the youthful, but the young minds are filled with more imaginations that could lead to reality and the benefits of the world in the future.

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  • Ruby from Florida

    Political policies and procedures affect more than just people who are over the age of 18. Teens the age of 16 are old enough to know what is going on in society, and take a stance on it for themselves. For instance, any 16 year old who depends on federal aid for their food, will have strong opinions if the government wanted to stop the federal aid programs, because it directly affects them and their life. Turning 18 does not make people any more of a citizen then turning 16 does. A person can be just as uninformed at 18 as they can be at 16. The age is not the problem here, making more informed teenagers is. The voting age should be lowered, if America is based on popular sovereignty, how can it hear what people really want if it is leaving out a whole group of people, that are perfectly capable at making their own decisions, if they are properly informed.

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  • Kristen from Arizona

    The idea that teenagers cannot make decisions is absurd. Teenagers enjoy a greater level of autonomy that their younger counterparts. Teenagers make their hardest decisions in the years leading up to college. They practically decide their future in these years. Also, young adults are the people most affected by the Presidential Election. Issues such as Women’s Rights, Immigration Reform, Taxes, College Tuition and many others all affect teenagers more than many adults.
    The argument that their decisions will not be well informed takes out a vast majority of the population that don’t do research in regards to politics. Some people are so ill-informed they do not even know what their candidate stands for- just the sticker party. There is nothing worse than that decision and thus teenagers are educated enough. Also, remember that there is no age limit on voting. So, you can vote at the age of 100 even though the only thing you would worry about is health care. Also, the argument that they are too young does not stand because the voting age is arbitrarily 18. There is no reason why you are suddenly more mature when you become an adult.

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    The idea that teenagers cannot make decisions is absurd. Teenagers enjoy a greater level of autonomy that their younger counterparts. Teenagers make t…

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  • Michaela from Florida

    I , as a now 17 year old do believe that the voting age should be lowered to 16 for several reasons. We always hear “Children are the future” and “It’s just our world and adults are living in it”, yet ironically enough, adults at the federal level are making decisions that affect OUR future. With the past election in mind, the presidency and the future of the country as a whole and for the individuals that live in it should be taken seriously, yet we see a constant trend even now of it being made into a massive mockery, a joke. My future is not a joke. My voice is not a joke. Times are changing and the needs of new generations are changing and we do not need our marriage rights and job rights determined by Homophobes and Bigots that try to use the constitution and religion as a just platform to promote hate. They forget that we are also following the Declaration of Independence which promises EVERY American the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and that in hand with our first amendment right to speech, peaceful protest, and expression throws any other question out of the window. We as children are not idiots. Adults that think children are always of less intelligence than them are the ones displaying true ignorance.

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  • Taylor from Louisiana

    I believe lowering the voting age to sixteen would benefit the United States by encouraging more citizens to be involved in democracy and making America a more equal society. Legislation not only affects the lives of citizens older than eighteen, and I believe sixteen year olds are well enough educated and mature enough to vote in the United States.
    First, lowering the voter age would not only affect the number of teenagers voting, but may also affect the amount of voters in general. Voting numbers rely on age. The older a citizen is, the more likely they are to vote. If the United States were to lower the voting age to sixteen, it would encourage citizens to start voting at an earlier age, beginning a new habit and causing more younger people to vote.
    Additionally, most teenagers across the country are either currently learning or have recently learned about American history and politics in their high school curriculum. With this knowledge fresh in their brains, these teenagers would be well enough educated to vote and could be encouraged by teachers to learn more about democracy and get involved in politics.
    Finally, a sixteen year old may have the responsibility of driving. If a teenager at this age is responsible enough to get behind the wheel and may put another’s life at risk in a case of emergency or accident, I believe they are responsible enough to vote on legislation that affects his or her life.

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  • Kray from New York

    Yes, the voting age should be lowered. Why? Because everyday I, as an underage high school student, know someone who gets screwed over, who has a vocal opinion, and we are told it doesn’t matter because we can’t vote or we shouldn’t worry about it because we aren’t old enough. Because a 16 year old can be tried as an adult in court but cannot choose the judge who sends him away on archaic and draconian laws. Because we are tired. Tired of laws being made that can make or break our future, and we have no say in it. Tired of laws passed for our “protection” that instead make it increasingly hard for us to work, laws that result in our college cost skyrocketing with no way to pay for it when we graduate. This isn’t an opinion based on wants, it’s my plea for all of us youth. Please, sir, grant us the right to be free and responsible. Please let us work, earn money for college, and choose the leaders that will help us, not help the older generations by charging the next. Please.

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    Yes, the voting age should be lowered. Why? Because everyday I, as an underage high school student, know someone who gets screwed over, who has a voca…

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  • Joshua from Arizona

    If you’re old enough to start working, old enough to start planning your career, then yes, you should be able to vote and participate in the democratic process as policies on the local and national level will affect your daily and future life. Politicians don’t craft legislation towards the younger generation often times because they know they can’t vote and they even go as far as to write them off as part of their constituency. Older generations have had to play catch up with the uniformed decisions of generations older than them so it’s time to break that perpetual cycle by allowing younger genrations to vote the way they see best for for their futures.

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    If you’re old enough to start working, old enough to start planning your career, then yes, you should be able to vote and participate in the democrati…

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  • Bryson from Florida

    the reason why i think 16 year old should vote is because this allows them to voice their own opinions about the situation that’s been happening such as sexaul harrashment issues on women, immigration laws, and this will allows them to be more intune with the world which will help shape the world for the future this gives kids that want them to make a difference in their community which will help them shape them as a person and a citizens to their community.

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    the reason why i think 16 year old should vote is because this allows them to voice their own opinions about the situation that’s been happening su…

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  • Myrka Aracely from Minnesota

    The question should not be “should we lower the voting age?”, the question should be: why are we letting people who don’t share the values and principles of our youth decide the future of said youth? Why should our youth be forced to live in a world that somebody else built on values and principles that our youth don’t share or agree with? They shouldn’t. How can we call ourselves a democracy when the most powerful and important part of our society is voiceless. The truth is that progress does not lie in traditional values nor on old habits and rules. It lies in new ideas and open-mindedness. If we don’t give our youth the opportunity to build their own future we will be delaying and have been delaying our progress.

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  • Cameron from Massachusetts

    I think kids at the age of 16 need to vote so it can help them for the future. This opens them up to adulthood and they can get more involved in today’s news and today’s world.

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  • katherine from Georgia

    In order to take into account all of American citizen’s ideas and viewpoints, we need to expand the voting age to young adults. Even though some teenagers wouldn’t think twice about who runs their government, a lot of teenagers have many intuitive minds that could provide accountable ideas to our government and who is running it. After all, the sixteen year olds todays will be the adults running the government and big corporations in the future.

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    • Haley from Texas

      Children of today will be running the future… in the future. By that time they will have decades of experience in this world. High school isn’t in the realm of the “real world”, high school shelters us from it.

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  • Gideon from Oklahoma

    First off, we are the next generation who will be inheriting our parent’s and grand parent’s mess. Everything they do will be our problem to fix. We are the people who work most minimum wage jobs in this country and fewer of us will be employed if the wrong decisions are made. Generation X is the most politically involved generation on record and the most conservative since WWII. And most of all, we work jobs and pay taxes and it is not fair that we have taxation without representation–no say in how our money is spent! Isn’t this what we were fighting about back in 1776?

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    • Kray from New York

      I agree with what you say, but it’s actually Gen Z (post 1997) that is the most conservative since WWII

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  • Chaelin from Arizona

    The voting age in the United States should be lowered to 16 for several reasons, but most importantly because we must address voter apathy. Of the eligible voting population in the United States, a very small percentage of Americans actually find themselves at a polling booth. While we should constantly be endeavoring to encourage Americans over the age of 18, we must also be cognizant that the younger generation is the future of America. One common argument against lowering the age is that individuals 16 years old are not knowledgeable or mature enough to vote. However, this logic is absurd – there are 16 year olds much more engaged in political discourse than 40 years olds – and we have no reason to believe that those who take the effort to register and vote are those who are aware and involved in politics. Moreover, we must recognize that the changes that are being proposed right now are going to directly impact younger people. To rob people from being part of their own government now and in the future is incredibly undemocratic.

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  • Sarah from New Jersey

    The United States should lower the voting age due to the following reasons. One, at that age we have a fire and passion for issues. We want to make a change in the world and would more likely vote than others in the older age groups that have lost faith in the world. Two, at this age we are still in school and have the ability to learn about politics in school. Not in the sense of who to vote for, but what to look for in a candidate. What third parties are and other things that if we know at a young age we can make more informed decisions throughout are voting careers. The final reason is that if most teenagers are allowed to drive and decided whether they want to have sex. If they are responsible enough to that then there is no reason they are not responsible enough to elect their leaders.

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  • Diamond from Texas

    We need to be included in making decisions concerning who governs us. Why wait to turn 18 when we can make a difference right now?

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  • Jacob from Pennsylvania

    I think that Yes, the voting age should be lowered to 16, as young people are the future. This is something that I want and have wanted since the last election. I was born in late November 2002, and because of that, I am unable to vote in the 2020 election, despite turning 18 just 2 weeks after the election. If the voting age was lowered to 16, then not only would I be able to make a choice that will affect me for my entire lifetime, so could people born in 2003 or (prior to November) 2004. I am currently 14, turning 15 tomorrow, and I have a huge interest in politics and the government. Those who don’t have the same interest like me are like those who are over the current voting age and don’t have any interest in politics, they won’t vote. In short, while yes lowing the voting age may allow more uninformed people to vote, it will allow for an interest in government to grow long before a person has decided exactly what they want to do in life. Which will allow more people to look into politics, and make a better America.

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    I think that Yes, the voting age should be lowered to 16, as young people are the future. This is something that I want and have wanted since the last…

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  • Tim from Arizona

    I believe that, while the voting age should be lowered to 16, the issue of age is entirely secondary to the real concern. Who is qualified to vote? Who, regardless of age, is mature enough to take into account more than just sound bites?
    For this reason, I believe that eligibility to vote should begin at sixteen, upon successful completion of a civics test. This will ensure that those who want to vote have sufficient grounding in the structure and history of United States government. Those who do not want to vote will remain unaffected.
    This policy will have the most impact upon sixteen and seventeen-year-olds who are already interested in and knowledgeable about the political system, and those who are eager to participate as well.

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  • Ambrosia from Texas

    I think 16 yr olds should have the right to vote ,because they are the future of the world. Their the ones are going to be running for president,mayor,singers,actors,and doctors. We have the right just like anyone else – we’re just as smart and knowing about what’s going on in our society .

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    I think 16 yr olds should have the right to vote ,because they are the future of the world. Their the ones are going to be running for president,mayor…

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  • Cameryn from Georgia

    Many high school students are required to take some version of a political class, and because of this many of us are given the tools to understand how politics works. These classes give insight to how citizens should go about researching their candidate and shows how rather than an affiliation to a political party, itizens should figure out the true platform fo candidates and stand with the one who most aligns with your same views. As of now, many adults do not look into their candidate and vote simply on the small “r” or “d” next to the names, or even just circle all incumbents names. These people are simply not changing society and slowing the time taken for change, so why not allow citizens who are more versed in understanding the political system?

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  • Taylor from Iowa

    Some kids at 16 are not ready to vote, however I believe if people are concerned about those few, then why don’t we have a form of a test or something. The ones that make an effort to take the test and pass, are taking the responsibility of voting seriously and are more likely to make a smart decision when it comes to voting. Many adults don’t take voting seriously, I don’t think that a 2 year difference is going to make a huge difference in who’s really going to take voting seriously at 18 or at 16.

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  • Zafir from Maryland

    Today, the majority of voter turnout is the 50yr. and older population. The people that are still alive from WW2 and the Vietnam War are voting in much higher numbers today than that of the Millenials and those in their 30s and 40s. It makes sense for why many of us think that the voting age is not to be changed, because some of us may make the wrong decisions, but that isn’t necessarily the case. If we keep letting our senior citizens be the majority at the polls, their votes will determine the fate of an election. The Constitution grants the right to freedom of speech to all and that their voices are to be heard in government. I believe that 16 is just right. The more people we have voting, the less biased the elections.

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  • Stephanie from Missouri

    I believe that 16 year olds should be allowed to have the opportunity to vote in the country’s elections. The generation that is alive right now is what our future will consist of, and it is probable that these people should be able to vote for what they want their future to look like. Even though lots may say that at the age of 16 you are much too young, and your brain is still developing, but I’m sure that they want to have an idea of who they want to represent their country.

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    • Hannah from Colorado

      While I understand your position, I have to disagree. Often times political votes are determined based on past experiences. At sixteen years of age, an individual simply lacks the experience to make an educated vote. Many sixteen year olds also do not understand how our government system works which also inhibits their ability to make an educated vote that is best for the future of our country. Lastly, the young demographic naturally leans more liberal. Without that life experience to shape their views, the Republican Party will stand little chance to win the election. With the Democratic Party holding all power our government will mirror a government style more comparable with a monarchy rather than a democracy.

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      While I understand your position, I have to disagree. Often times political votes are determined based on past experiences. At sixteen years of age, a…

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  • Ashley from Missouri

    People say that 16 years old are immature and shouldn’t vote because of that. When you are 16 then I can assume that you are a Junior in high school. At my school, your Junior or Senior year then you have to take government class to graduate. We learn about politics and have the government is ran. I feel like us learning about the government develops our personal political views. I feel like 16 years is the proper age for people to vote because they are learning the knowledge needed to vote and because it is their future that older people are deciding on instead of them deciding it.

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  • Nathan from Missouri

    I say yes because it gives people that are 16 a chance to prove them selves at a young age and more people would be more involved. Then students can learn more about it earlier in life and people would be more educated about our government.

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  • Alissa from Missouri

    I say that it should because most of the youth pays attention and the only way we express our opinion and feelings is social media and nobody pays attention to what kids say.

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  • Zoey from New Mexico

    I’m 15 and I feel educated enough to vote. It’s my future, and I should have a say. All of my friends are educated enough to vote as well. The people who say we’re not educated enough obviously haven’t spent much time around sixteen year olds.

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    I’m 15 and I feel educated enough to vote. It’s my future, and I should have a say. All of my friends are educated enough to vote as well. The peo…

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  • Claire from Indiana

    I will turn 16 next month, and if given the chance, I would jump at the opportunity to vote in any and all elections.
    I participate in policy debate. My teammates and I thoroughly discuss matters that many voters haven’t considered. We are well informed on current events, political bias, and the way our government works. Can you tell me that the common eligible voter is as qualified as we are?
    A common argument against lowering the voting age is that teenagers are “simply too immature”. However, that standard is not held to any other voter over eighteen. Who has the right to judge your maturity level? Who has the right to tell you that your opinion doesn’t matter?
    If given the chance to vote, we young people may be able to change the direction of our country’s future.

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    I will turn 16 next month, and if given the chance, I would jump at the opportunity to vote in any and all elections.
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  • David from Kentucky

    Yes, because many teens and younger people see many political advertisements as the voting season comes around. Allowing them to vote at a younger age would transition them into adulthood more easily and not force everything onto them at once. This would teach them to stay informed and to stay educated on what is happening in their state or country year round. It would also make sense to do so since many teens are growing up not sure of what to do once they become adults and are unsure of how to do things. Lowering the voting age would help teach them about being an adult and how to make their own decisions.

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  • Marley from Illinois

    I believe the voting age should be lowered, because the officials who get elected, are affecting younger people’s futures more than anyone else’s. And yes, there is the argument about immature 16-17 year olds, but what about the immature 18+ year olds? They still have the right to vote.

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  • Riley from North Carolina

    Overtime, younger generations have started to pay more attention to the political world. Often, people vote to protect the future of the country, but the future is not actually participating. The younger generation is the future, therefore, they should be allowed to make decisions for themself.

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  • Alexis from Georgia

    I believe that at 16, teens have the ability to APPLY to vote. You’d have to take a test to ensure you know what the responsibility of voting is and how the system works. This would help make sure only teens who truely wanted to vote and understood boting could have the opportunity.

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    • Jae Yun from Hawaii

      Why should we disenfranchise teenagers? What’s stopping us from then forcing adults or seniors from taking this test. I say that we either we let them all vote or forfeit their rights entirely.

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      Why should we disenfranchise teenagers? What’s stopping us from then forcing adults or seniors from taking this test. I say that we either we let them…

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  • Kaitlyn from North Carolina

    I was 16 years old at the time of the 2016 Presidential Election. I also attended a public high school surrounded by other 16 year olds very similar to me. While it is true that many 16 year olds are very involved in politics and understand the issues that we are voting for, I do not feel that the voting age should be lowered. Along with those select few teens that follow politics are are up to date on the candidates policies, there are so many more that only get their political influence from what they see on Twitter or the debates that have been made into memes on the internet. In all elections, especially one of that caliber, our country cannot afford to have voters casting their vote when all they know about the candidates is what they have seen on social media. Lowering the age may boost the number of young people that vote, but something the nation needs to learn is that everything is not a numbers game. Our nation does not need a good looking voting demographic, it needs officials put into place that will work with and for the people. The way to get more people to vote is not to lower the voting age, the way to get people to vote is to better educate them on how the government works, which is an area where the education system failed me, and also to encourage the people to care about what is happening in Washington DC.

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    I was 16 years old at the time of the 2016 Presidential Election. I also attended a public high school surrounded by other 16 year olds very similar t…

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    • Trinity from California

      Thank you for this comment as this is a great point! Instead of putting more youths who have no idea what is going on in their own country and government, we need to be educating the youths that will later become adults able to vote more wisely.

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      Thank you for this comment as this is a great point! Instead of putting more youths who have no idea what is going on in their own country and governm…

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    • Kristen from Arizona

      This statement does not hold because you are not suddenly more informed when you are 18. I would argue you are less informed the less and less school you attend. High School is 5 days a week in many subjects. You are immersed in learning all the time. In college, you have that involvement but class time is severely shortened and you won’t learn politics unless that is your designated study.

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      This statement does not hold because you are not suddenly more informed when you are 18. I would argue you are less informed the less and less school …

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    • Taylor from Iowa

      I think you have a good point however, I have to say what about all the adults that look at social media and make decisions the same way? Not only that but what about the bias information people hear about from some of the news stations or papers? I think your argument is made more for how we get our information and wither or not it’s bias.

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      I think you have a good point however, I have to say what about all the adults that look at social media and make decisions the same way? Not only tha…

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  • Ben from Connecticut

    No taxation without representation. This has been held up as a standard for voting for years.
    But it works in reverse: no representation without taxation. Being a citizen comes with certain rights, among them the right to vote. It also comes with certain responsibilities. If we lower the voting age to 16, shouldn’t we also:
    -make 16 year olds register for the draft
    -make 16 year olds file and pay taxes
    -have 16 year olds no longer be the responsibility of their parents
    We don’t do that. 16 year olds are minors. They don’t fulfill the duties of citizens, and should not get the right to vote.

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    No taxation without representation. This has been held up as a standard for voting for years.
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  • Karli from Kentucky

    No, I do not think we should change the voting age. At least for me at age 16, I had no clue what was going on in the government. I do not think that 16 year olds have the correct knowledge and understanding of who should lead our country. They also won’t probably takr it serious and write in a random name.

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    • Charlie from Virginia

      Although I haven’t yet reached voting age, we should not be lowering the voting age. There are many 16 and 17 year-olds that are very mature and knowledgeable about politics, but the fact is that the majority of us aren’t. In fact, many of us can’t even receive our drivers licenses in 14 states. That’s 28% of the country! In fact, many people believe that the driving age should be raised because teens are too immature and our brains aren’t developed. If people question a why a teen should be able to drive or are ready, then why would we be ready to chose the next President or important government officials? The only reason why the voting age was lowered to 18 was because 18 year-olds we’re getting drafted in the military. If you’re old enough to fight and die for your country, you’re old enough to vote. There isn’t a reason why the US would begin to start drafting 16-year olds into the military, therefore we should not lower the voting age.

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      Although I haven’t yet reached voting age, we should not be lowering the voting age. There are many 16 and 17 year-olds that are very mature and kn…

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    • Ashley from Wisconsin

      I agree completely, I’m currently 18 and I have only just begun to truly pay attention to political standpoints.

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    • Tyffany from New York

      While I understand where you are coming from and what you’re saying some students and people age 16 and up do know what is going on in our country. Although many may be immature with things such as these there are other like us whom may contribute a great deal for the greater good if the voting age is lowered to 16. I am 17 and I believe that changing the voting age to 16 will benefit me a lot because I can learn about the things that I will soon be doing in the future right now rather then later. I believe it will give me a great benefit because if I make mistakes now I know not to do them later on in life.

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      While I understand where you are coming from and what you’re saying some students and people age 16 and up do know what is going on in our country. Al…

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    • Alae'zia from South Carolina

      Exactly, 16 year olds are not thinking about the government and politics. They are to busy wondering being popular and the new fashion trends or scholarships for sports basically being the best at a sport.

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    • Jose from California

      Yes, the youth are uninformed, it would be foolish to allow people who are uneducated in the political realm to vote.

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    • Mekayla from South Carolina

      Most 16 year olds are not thinking about who the next person in government is going to be. They are mostly thinking about what party that they are going to go to next, not who is ruling over them. Without the proper background check on the next President, they most likely will just vote based off of what somebody else told them.

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      Most 16 year olds are not thinking about who the next person in government is going to be. They are mostly thinking about what party that they are goi…

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    • Rose from Texas

      I understand where you are coming from however, stereotyping is what is wrong with many of our generations these days. We make an image over a certain group classifying each and very one of them the same. We think of teenagers as immature and foolish, but that’s from our own experiences in life. There are many teenagers out there who already know what is going on in our world. There are many youths at the age of 16 who are more mature than our “adults” ,because to us adults are anyone over the age of 18. But, what we fail to realize is that there are adults out there who do not understand what is going on in politics, yet we give them the right to vote. Therefore, I believe the voting age should be lowered to 16. Those who understand, sometimes more than adults, deserve the right to have a choice. We deserve to the the right as to who is going to be in charge of this nation, of us.

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      I understand where you are coming from however, stereotyping is what is wrong with many of our generations these days. We make an image over a certain…

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    • Kristen from Arizona

      The idea that teenagers would not take an election that affects their lives vastly underestimates them. Teenagers know the basics of what is happening during election season at the very least because the exposure is so great. Everywhere you go you see some kind of political propaganda. Also, I would venture to say that politics affect teenagers and young adults the most. They have the most time to be in this society tan anyone else.

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      The idea that teenagers would not take an election that affects their lives vastly underestimates them. Teenagers know the basics of what is happening…

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    • J. from California

      I understand your viewpoint, but your own personal experience at 16 should not account for whether or not any 16 year old can vote. Similarly, the experiences of one 21 year old should not determine the legality of lowering the drinking age

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      I understand your viewpoint, but your own personal experience at 16 should not account for whether or not any 16 year old can vote. Similarly, the exp…

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  • Jenna from Ohio

    No, the voting age should not be lowered to 16. I am 16 myself, and a couple of days ago, I was talking to my classmates about who they would vote for. Many of them had pretty absurd reasoning behind who they would vote for. They would vote based on looks or simply vote for whoever their parents voted for. Some of them would be responsible about their decision, but not enough would be responsible. 18 year olds I have conversed with have shown a lot more maturity in making these decisions. The voting age can’t be lowered to 16 because 16 year olds are not mature enough to vote.

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    • Kristen from Arizona

      The difference between 16 and 18 is small. If you experienced a mature adult, they were mature at 16. You don’t change from your junior year to the end of your senior year. It is said that if anything you become less mature in that time. Junior year is flurry because of SATs, ACTs, and other testing that you do not have time for fun.

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      The difference between 16 and 18 is small. If you experienced a mature adult, they were mature at 16. You don’t change from your junior year to the en…

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  • kasidy from Texas

    No, because many people at age 16 don’t pay attention to the actual part of the politics, they just see whatever is popular and decide to go with that. I think that once people have matured to the age of 18, they understand the real problems that are talked about and don’t care nearly as much for being apart of the regular crowd.

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    No, because many people at age 16 don’t pay attention to the actual part of the politics, they just see whatever is popular and decide to go with that…

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    • Allyson from Arizona

      I think that if you gave 16 year olds a platform so that it actually matters what they think, they will care more about the nitty-gritty side of politics

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    • J. from California

      There are 16 year olds I know that run political blogs, work jobs, and research issues on their own. There are 18 year olds I know at my school dealing drugs in the restrooms.

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    • Zoey from New Mexico

      I’m fifteen and I pay close attention to politics.

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    • Grant from Alabama

      I totally agree! At that age most are too nieve to be voting in a political election. They’re unable to understand things for themselves because for the most part their parents buy everything!

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      I totally agree! At that age most are too nieve to be voting in a political election. They’re unable to understand things for themselves because for…

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    • Robert from Tennessee

      Well, for one, we’re teenagers. Most only have a base knowledge of world events, and are uniformed about most political topics. The brain doesn’t even finish developing until our mid 20s. I think 25 is ideal, and 18 is low enough.I understand that there are more politically savvy teenagers than ever thanks to the advent of social media. But voting is serious, and the majority of teens I are not ready for the responsibility.

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      Well, for one, we’re teenagers. Most only have a base knowledge of world events, and are uniformed about most political topics. The brain doesn’t …

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  • Collin from Michigan

    Personally, I am not 16 yet but will be soon, and although there is only a two year age difference between 18 and 16 there are a lot of differences. Many people in their first two years of high school are still largely influenced by other people, namely, their friends. Because many 16 year olds are still under the influence of their friends they could be pressured to vote certain ways. For example many people in MIchigan (my state) are either democrat or republican depending on where they live. If there were a bunch of 16 year olds in the Detroit area they might be pressured by other peopel to vote democrat, or if they lived near the Grand Rapids area, they might be more pressured to vote republican. I feel that for most 16 year olds they would give into this pressure faster than someone who is a legal adult of 18. Finally, many 16 year olds aren’t as informed as many adults. I know that some 16 and 17 year olds probably are muture, and informed enough to vote, but for most of them, they probably aren’t as informed as 18+ year olds would be.

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    Personally, I am not 16 yet but will be soon, and although there is only a two year age difference between 18 and 16 there are a lot of differences. M…

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  • Elizabeth from Oregon

    Although young people know what goes on, here at my school we learn about our government as seniors so I doubt that those who are 16 will have enough knowledge or understanding to make such a difficult choice.

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    Although young people know what goes on, here at my school we learn about our government as seniors so I doubt that those who are 16 will have enough …

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  • Jacob from Michigan

    The age should not be lowered to the age of 16 because you should get a feel of life so get out of high school then you can vote when you are on your own in life.

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  • Ethan from Michigan

    No because people who are not out of high school yet have not been educated enough to be considered adults. When you make uneducated votes, the person that you might have voted for may not have done what you wanted, for example what if they made taxes higher that you struggle to pay once you get stuff of your own?

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    No because people who are not out of high school yet have not been educated enough to be considered adults. When you make uneducated votes, the person…

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  • Matthew from Michigan

    I think that most 16 year olds are to imature to vote. Most of these kids don’t know the effect they have on the governement. Yes kids do need a voice but they should’nt be able to vote if they want a voice talk to there parents.

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    I think that most 16 year olds are to imature to vote. Most of these kids don’t know the effect they have on the governement. Yes kids do need a voice…

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  • Abby from Michigan

    I believe that the voting age should not be lowered to 16 for many reasons. First off, some, not all, but some 16 year olds are immature. They are under the influence of there friends so they may vote for someone because they think its funny or because their friends are voting for them, Second, when people are 16 they are still in high school, but when you are 18 you are either done or almost done with high school and have learned more about being an adult.

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    I believe that the voting age should not be lowered to 16 for many reasons. First off, some, not all, but some 16 year olds are immature. They are und…

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  • markus from Michigan

    I don’t think we should be able to vote at 16 because I don’t think we are still the smartest at 16 I think the older we are sometimes we understand more about it. and we are wiser the older and what if some 16 year olds vote did something super good for not the best candidate and they were just messing around so personly I don,t think it should be 16.

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    I don’t think we should be able to vote at 16 because I don’t think we are still the smartest at 16 I think the older we are sometimes we understand m…

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  • Brady from Michigan

    I think that the risk is too high for poor voting choices if the age is lowered to 16. Some 16 year olds are mature enough to vote responsibly, but I’m not sure if they all will make a mature decision. Voting is serious and I don’t know if we can trust their decision making.

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    I think that the risk is too high for poor voting choices if the age is lowered to 16. Some 16 year olds are mature enough to vote responsibly, but I’…

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  • Jade from Nevada

    At 16 our brains are still developing and most students still haven’t taken a basic government class. They have no experience or clear understanding of the politics going into voting. They rely on social media to gain their opinions and do no research of their own and haven’t experienced the effect that politics takes on independent life.

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  • Lauren from Michigan

    There may be some people who can understand who to vote for, but there are other sixteen-year-olds who are too young and immature. They should keep it the same so whoever can vote is mature enough to make a good decision.

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  • Natalie from Michigan

    I think that 16 year old people should not be able to vote because, firstly 18 year old people are more mature. Secondly, 18 year old people probably knows more about what is happening and the issues in the society than the 16 year old people.

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    I think that 16 year old people should not be able to vote because, firstly 18 year old people are more mature. Secondly, 18 year old people probably …

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  • Lance from Michigan

    I think the voting age should remain 18 because, most 16 year old kids are too immature to vote. I know if I were 16 I wouldn’t be ready to give an informed vote. Voting is a lot of pressure because you effect our country. I think 18 is a good age to start voting and most 18 year old’s are responsible enough to vote. I agree children should have a voice, but if they want things to change they could sit down and talk to their parents.

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    I think the voting age should remain 18 because, most 16 year old kids are too immature to vote. I know if I were 16 I wouldn’t be ready to give an in…

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  • Madison from Pennsylvania

    NO.. The age should stay the same because think about it must people around the age of 16 ( no offense to anyone) are still learning about our country and world and cant make the right decision. About 75% of 12- to 17-year-olds say they’re encouraged to party with marijuana or alcohol when they see images of their peers doing so. So I don’t think that a person that does that can vote for the president that controls must to the country.

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    NO.. The age should stay the same because think about it must people around the age of 16 ( no offense to anyone) are still learning about our country…

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  • Riddhi from Illinois

    When it comes to deciding the voting age in the U.S, it can be a very controversial topic. At the age of 16, most young people have barely entered high school. These young people are still contemplating what they want to do in life, along with making personal life decisions towards their futures. Allowing them to vote at such an early age, would just be adding to their plate. Although many students are politically involved, it would be difficult for them to make a genuine decision when voting, without it being biased towards their parents/families. Not only would the majority of the decisions be biased towards family, but it would also establish a “I am voting for whoever my friends are voting for” effect among young people. Waiting till the age of 18 will allow for a more efficient way of receiving voting results. By the age of 18, students will be graduating/graduated from high school along with establishing their independence now that they are 18 and free from forced parental consent.

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    When it comes to deciding the voting age in the U.S, it can be a very controversial topic. At the age of 16, most young people have barely entered hig…

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  • Patrick from Pennsylvania

    As a young person – I have empathy for both arguments. As a self-diagnosed lover of all things history/civics I still don’t believe I am eligible to vote, as much as I would like to. However, I hold empathy for the “Yes” sides opinions because over the years I have come to discover that many adults have no idea what they’re talking about. Regardless, voting is a right, not a privilege – and I believe that a high school graduation requirement should be to pass the same application test immigrants take upon entering America. This would ensure a new wave of educated millenial voters and hopefully promote a general understanding of civics that is not already taught in the class rooms.

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  • Kayla from North Carolina

    The voting age limit should not be lowered to 16. I do agree that my generation is given less credit than we deserve, however I do not believe our brains are well developed enough to be able and choose who obtains power of out country. At the age of 16, we are in high school learning about ourselves and other teenage drama. We lack good decision making skills and are gullible, our ability to think things through is very limited and this is not a bad thing at this point in age because this is normal for teenagers, we are still learning and the human brain is not fully developed until your mid-20’s.

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    The voting age limit should not be lowered to 16. I do agree that my generation is given less credit than we deserve, however I do not believe our bra…

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  • John from Florida

    16 year olds haven’t experienced the real world and don’t know enough to vote for America

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  • Eden from Texas

    AT age 16 for me I was still basing my political beliefs on what my family decided. I hadn’t taken government yet and possessed little knowledge about the political beliefs in general.

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  • Rose from Missouri

    No, I do not believe the voting age should be lowered to 16. The reasons why I believe this is because most teens who are 16 do not take things very seriously, they are usually worried about other things like food. But also because your mind is not fully developed until you are at least 25 and they could easily have their opinions manipulated from other peoples view on things. Although when you’re 18 you can do your own research and you might be more mature about the problems happening throughout the world.

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    No, I do not believe the voting age should be lowered to 16. The reasons why I believe this is because most teens who are 16 do not take things very s…

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  • fsafd from Arizona

    It should be raised to 25. In order to vote, you should have experience in the real-world to be able to make educated decisions.

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  • Angel from Washington

    16 is a very young age for people to be voting at. They don’t know a lot of background of politics and the presidents point of view.

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  • Carlton from New York

    At that young age many of these youngsters ate too impressionable.

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  • Carly from Texas

    No, I do not agree with the voting age being lowered to sixteen. Sixteen year olds are still in high school and still learning the political and voting processes. Most teenagers do not understand the complex issues facing the country. Some examples are health care, taxes, employee wages, foreign policies, and immigration. Also because sixteen year olds are minors, it’s possible that their parents could influence their votes by persuasion. This is why I believe the voting right should be eighteen and older.

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    No, I do not agree with the voting age being lowered to sixteen. Sixteen year olds are still in high school and still learning the political and votin…

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  • Olivia from Washington

    While I do think 16 year olds and older should have a much larger say within politics, no, they shouldn’t be allowed to vote yet. They haven’t experienced the harshity of living alone, and the privilege could be abused by pranksters.

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    While I do think 16 year olds and older should have a much larger say within politics, no, they shouldn’t be allowed to vote yet. They haven’t exp…

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  • Steve from Texas

    I believe that sixteen-year olds are not mature enough to vote for president.

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  • Bayden from Texas

    Like others are saying, the voting age should not be lowered. Teenagers are more likely to pay attention to their favorite artists next concert rather then who really deserves the presidential title. Lowering the age would allow for a splurge of votes that are more uneducated rather then real, factual votes.

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    Like others are saying, the voting age should not be lowered. Teenagers are more likely to pay attention to their favorite artists next concert rather…

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  • David from Massachusetts

    No, because your learning about voting

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  • Daniel from Massachusetts

    The voting age is fine right now, I don’t think it needs to be lowered to the age of 16.

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  • Rachael from Massachusetts

    No, because at the age of 16 someone is not emotionally mature to make such a decision. At this age , the vote would be based on circumstantial and would not be well thought of. However, most teenagers are pressured to do something based on how popular it is. This would give the candidates a better chance of winning if they got to the teenagers. Lowering the age to 16 would not have an effect because most 18 year olds are not interested in voting already so 16 year olds would not care.

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    No, because at the age of 16 someone is not emotionally mature to make such a decision. At this age , the vote would be based on circumstantial and wo…

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  • Abigail from New York

    The voting age should not be lowered to 16 years old due to the fact that the teenage brains are still developing. They would not understand the importance and understanding of politics. Especially since most teenagers at this age do not care anyways. To be more beneficial and to receive a better judgement call would to keep the voting age at 18 or even raise it the voting would be primarily based on mature and knowledgeable opinions.

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    The voting age should not be lowered to 16 years old due to the fact that the teenage brains are still developing. They would not understand the impor…

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  • Ellis from Georgia

    As a 17 year old, I can say that I am not even fully divulged into politics and it is a recent thing in which I have started to make my own stance and see where I stand. Before that, I kind of just followed what my parents had thought. If a juvenile could vote like an adult, why can’t a juvenile be tried as an adult, too?

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  • Emily from Georgia

    Maturity isn’t reached until our twenties. Sixteen year olds aren’t even considered to be adults by the law unless they have committed a crime that warrants them to be tried as an adult.

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  • Carter from Ohio

    Children should not be able to vote for complex issues that do not yet involve them, as they do not yet know what the real world is.
    I do not think that the voting age should be lowered to 16, which is my current age, because of maturity. It is a simple fact that the brain of a child is not as developed as much as that of an adult, this is why children are known for doing “stupid things” that they otherwise would not have done. The voting age at 18 is, in my opinion, at just the right spot. At 18 we finish high school and truly become engaged in the world, now having to get a job or go to college, and it is at this point that many of the laws will start to affect us such as taxes and healthcare. If we lowered the voting age to 16 we would have many young kids, like myself, who may not understand an issue as one should which could lead to poor decision making and therefore bad policies. I have aspirations within the political processes and as soon as I am 18 I will start voting on issues and candidates, and while I would like my voice to be heard now, I understand that I am still just a young child, who hasn’t yet learned many of the skills needed for life. We should not lower the voting age, as that would lead to poor decision making.

    -Carter W.

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  • Gavan from Kansas

    No, I don’t think that the voting age should change to 16 because they are still categorized as kids. They are still a little immature and might not put time into researching who the best vote would be. Although it is a good thing that they are excited about the election they should wait until they are 18 years old just like everyone before them did.

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    No, I don’t think that the voting age should change to 16 because they are still categorized as kids. They are still a little immature and might not p…

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  • Quinn from Kansas

    At 16 many people are very impressionable and this would lead to bad outcomes as politicians would be able to capitalise on this. There are a plethora of ways that kids can still influence the decision, whether it is volunteering or calling senators or just spreading the word about their favorite candidate. There is no need for the age to get lowered as it would only lead to an unfair system that takes advantage of the naivete of the teens.

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    At 16 many people are very impressionable and this would lead to bad outcomes as politicians would be able to capitalise on this. There are a plethora…

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  • Brendan from Georgia

    During the 2016 Presidential election it seems apparent to me that many people (even voting age) can be influenced by news networks “unbiased” opinions on data and research on many important issues. Critical thinking is lacking in the United States for those old enough to vote, but being 16 I know that many of my peers are even less discerning given there age, education, life experience, and many of them a lack any interest in politics and how there country is governed. While I would have liked the opportunity to vote, I do not think it would be beneficial for the country to lower the voting age letting more people to vote maybe without even knowing much about the powers and responsibilities of those they are trying to elect into office. There are people with large followings such as Casey Neistat telling people the election is not about politics, policy, and legislation when that is why people vote/why people should vote (not because of a persons skin color or genitalia). He says explicitly in his video that his aim is to get young people who are typically not very active in politics to vote for Hillary Clinton. (I do not think that his aim is evil but is relevant due to the subject {lowering the voting age})He claims that the election is about morals and principles, while I do not find him or candidate he endorses to be very successful in that category, and to be hypocritical. Expanding by age the group of We The People who can vote would not greatly benefit our republic. Young people such as myself can still raise support for policies, legislation, and candidates that we believe in while continuing to practice free speech and practice political discourse, perhaps learning a thing or two. Iron sharpens Iron.

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  • Justin from Colorado

    At 18 we are still easily influenced and may not have as set creeds yet, at 16 which is what some people want the voting age to be, our creeds are less set in stone than even at 18. It could be too easily influenced and elections could depend on a part of the population that just learned how to drive and have barely gone halfway through highschool yet. To me that’s absurd

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  • Connor from Virginia

    Those at 16 are not capable of making informed decisions. I am 16 and would rather have the voting age be 18 and older, the age when you become a legal adult.

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  • Harley from Oklahoma

    I don’t think 18 year old are mature enough to vote so letting 16 year old vote would be chaos

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  • Ian from Kansas

    The kids are just gonna develop the same biased opinion their parents have. Kids at that age also aren’t the most mature people.

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  • Sarena from Minnesota

    No, I think we shouldn’t lower the age for voting. At the age of 16, they’re not at the mature mind set to understand politics and government. They’re persuaded easily and are very biased. That is why I think 18 is an exceptional age to vote, at that age they gain enough knowledge about what’s going on in the country and understand what’s best for the country.

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    No, I think we shouldn’t lower the age for voting. At the age of 16, they’re not at the mature mind set to understand politics and government. They’re…

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  • Kimora from Maryland

    Because a 16 year old is not well versed on human right and they are just beginning to find their way in the word they should not be allowed to vote.

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  • Michael from Arkansas

    Looking in my own school, many people, at the age of sixteen, seventeen, and even eighteen, are too immature to truly vote based on their own valid, solid beliefs, and research. Most teenagers simply do not care about things like this.

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  • Ethan from Kansas

    In my opinion 16 year olds should not be allowed to vote. Because our minds aren’t matchure enough. We could be persuaded either way easily and yes there are some politicians that want 16 year olds to vote. But all the ones that want that are democrats and young people are more likely to vote democrat where as when people get older after they have lived lives they are more like to vote the other way. Plus 16 year olds are recognized as adults; they are required to sign up for the draft. They haven’t graduated high school and haven’t worked very long. If we allow 16 year olds to vote then we should allow them to smoke. Sign up for the draft make it 10 year of education instead of 12. My point is if we allow 16 year olds to vote them we will have to lower everything as a society and that could end poorly. Plus 16 year olds aren’t even allowed to join the military. Then you could argue that 17-year should. Well 17 year olds in the military are all reserve or National Guard reserve. They aren’t allowed to see combat or even deploy or go on missions. Like every one else in Active Duty, National Guard, and Reserves are allowed to do. So should 16 years old be allowed to vote? No and this coming from a 16 year old.

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    In my opinion 16 year olds should not be allowed to vote. Because our minds aren’t matchure enough. We could be persuaded either way easily and yes …

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  • Brian from Kansas

    So, being a teen we all know that we don’t make the best decisions possible sometimes. Thus, we can create mass havoc inside our country with this age to vote being lowered. American youth are very vulnerable to believing what we see on Twitter, Facebook, and TV. This is a large reason we shouldn’t vote, we don’t look into things the way we should, we read the first page and say “oh, I know what the rest is going to say”. Our American youth shouldn’t be trusted and the age should stay at 18 like it is.

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  • jessi from Kansas

    After reading these articles I believe that if the age would be changed it should be raised to 25. The reason because I don’t believe teenagers of 16 should vote. I’m 16 and I wouldn’t want to vote because I don’t pay attention to politics. I do a little but not enough to vote. I get that some do but if you look at the whole picture how many 16 year olds do. The liberals just want more people to vote for them. As judgemental as that sounds its the truth. It’s proven that young people are liberal until they get older and pay attention to the news.

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    After reading these articles I believe that if the age would be changed it should be raised to 25. The reason because I don’t believe teenagers of 1…

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  • izy from Kansas

    i think it should stay the same, because most of the 16 year olds would most likely be biased of what their parents say

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  • Catherine from Kansas

    I don’t think that the voting age should be lowered because it has worked for so long already, and the majority of 16-year-olds today are worried more about schoolwork, starting into the job world, and trying to find activities/sports that they can enjoy. I say let a kid be a kid. Being 18, which is the minimum voting age in the majority of the United States, you can live independently, you start college, and you begin to pay taxes and bills. That age is critical for you to place your vote to make a difference in the community because everything they make laws about will affect you in some way. However, when I was 16, I was so worried about softball and dual credit classes that I didn’t have time to consider taking an extra class to get educated about government and voting. The Economics stated that the number of younger people voting is decreasing every year, and the number of 65 to 70 year olds is increasing. So with some simple math, the 65 year olds who are voting more would have been 18 in 1970, but that was one year before they lowered the national voting age from 21 to 18, making those kids 19 in 1971 before they even had the chance to vote. Yet, you see that number increasing every year now. Voting is a habit, yes, but it’s something that will eventually be important to us in some way throughout our lives. Every student should be required to take a government class in high school. I like how at my school, the seniors take the class, so that it is fresh in our minds when we leave for college and we can connect and understand to a lot more of the issues and concepts of our government system today.

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    I don’t think that the voting age should be lowered because it has worked for so long already, and the majority of 16-year-olds today are worried mo…

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  • Rachael from Alabama

    Brains are not fully developed.

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  • Lydia from Arizona

    I am 16 as well as most of my friends. I don’t think we should be allowed to vote because we do not know enough. At age 16, students are juniors and don’t learn about government until the next year anyway. I believe it is very important to take a government class and learn about politics before being allowed to vote. Voting is a serious matter that shouldn’t be done by the clueless.

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    I am 16 as well as most of my friends. I don’t think we should be allowed to vote because we do not know enough. At age 16, students are juniors a…

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  • Mirian from Texas

    Having a chance to vote is the meaning of choosing a better future for yourself. I disagree that the age to vote should be lowered to 16. There could be various reasons to why no reform should occur, a main one to me is maturity. It’s understandable that a number such as age does not define your level of maturity, but when we are sixteen we have not yet reached a stage where we have to begin evaluating the lessons learned the decisions taken. A whole knew mindset should start entering allowing us to transform into an adult . At least some thoughts like obtaining a job, scholarships for college, and simply educating yourself to begin building a future for you should be flowing in our brains ever so often. It might seem as pressure or stress at times but they are decisions that will affect every humans life, like voting a chance that we are given to elect our leader that should acquire wishes such as uniting the whole world, spread peace. The age shouldn’t be lowered but should be accepted.

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    Having a chance to vote is the meaning of choosing a better future for yourself. I disagree that the age to vote should be lowered to 16. There could …

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  • Devin from Kansas

    No, it shouldn’t because that is way too young and you are not ready to deal with all of those big words and you don’t quite understand what is even going on.

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  • Lori from Massachusetts

    Children under the age of 18 are still under their parents and their parents still make decisions for them. If parents are still making decisions for children at the ages of 16 and 17, their parents should be the one to make the decisions in elections.

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  • camryn from Massachusetts

    the voting age should not be lowered to age 16 because people that are age 16 do not have enough information ab out politics and the 16 year olds that do have a lot of information and facts on the canidates are very few.

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  • Michael from Massachusetts

    No, the voting age should not be lowered to 16. Over the past year with the Presidential election taking place it was apparent then and now that they shouldn’t. 16 year old teenagers feed off each others opinions. When one strong opinionated person starts to feed ideas to their friends the other friends, the majority of the time lack their own. Friends think in groups, especially in high schools. Most of the time the friends you surround yourself with have been your friends since elementary school and you have had a lot of the same experiences and formulated most of the same opinions. Once you’re eighteen you have to start doing stuff for your own well-being. 18 year olds are often somewhat independent and start to formulate their own opinion however they are somewhat susceptible to outside opinions. I am aware there are 16 year olds that are very intelligent young adults who are very capable of forming their own opinion. However, for the most part I believe that not enough 16 year olds would do the homework necessary to vote for a U.S. official. The argument that you watch Rachel Maddow or Tucker Carlson once a night and you can form your own opinion at age thirteen or whatever doesn’t do it for me. Reality is the U.S. won’t change the amendment with a competency clause just for the few kids who can form their own opinion. Voting isn’t a joke, it isn’t fun, voting directly affects the future of this country, something 16 year olds nationwide cannot do.

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  • Mark from Massachusetts

    I think that age 18 is a reasonable age to vote I don’t see the need for it to be changed.

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  • Jonathan from Massachusetts

    I don’t think that the voting age should be lowered because most people don’t have any idea what’s going on and will probably just vote as a joke and not care who they choose. I can say this as an 18 year old who doesn’t have an interest in this.

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  • Olivia from Massachusetts

    I believe that people who are younger are unable to look past media biased and find hard facts. The laziness of younger people harms their effort to research for their own. If CNN plays in their home they’ll vote democratically. If you’re to watch FOX you’ll be more likely to vote republican. This lack of actual information being given to the younger population will affect their ability to vote

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  • brendan from New York

    i feel that 16 is to young to vote at least for me i had no idea what is going on just lastyear i was 16 and the only thing i was interested in was sports school and video games. so im voting no thank you

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  • Yiannis from Massachusetts

    No, I do not think we should change the voting age. At least for me at age 16, I had no clue what was going on in the government. I do not think that 16 year olds have the correct knowledge and understanding of who should lead our country. They also won’t probably takr it serious and write in a random name.

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  • Owen from Massachusetts

    I think that if the voting age were to be lowered to 16 then a lot of the votes would be uneducated votes. A lot of kids 16 years old don’t really know how politics work. This means they don’t really know what they are voting for when they are voting for someone. In general having kids who are 16 years old vote would make the vote become more of a which candidate do the people like better as a person rather than stances on political views.

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    I think that if the voting age were to be lowered to 16 then a lot of the votes would be uneducated votes. A lot of kids 16 years old don’t really kno…

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  • Lauren from Massachusetts

    I don’t think the voting age should be lowered. I know personally at 16 and now 17 I have no idea what is going on in the government and the causes and effects of many of the laws in place. It would be hard for people at 16 to understand many of the laws that they are voting for and many wouldn’t take the time to learn about them either. If there was more education about the government systems and laws then I would agree with changing the voting age to 16.

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    I don’t think the voting age should be lowered. I know personally at 16 and now 17 I have no idea what is going on in the government and the causes a…

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  • Haley from Texas

    At the age of sixteen I believed I had all the knowledge I was ever going to need. I believed that I knew everything from love, politics, and the future. At the age of seventeen I realized that I previously knew very little, despite thinking I did. The age of sixteen is an incredibly confusing one and an increase in confusion is not needed in a presidential debate. If sixteen is too young an age to legally join the military, legally have an artist give a tattoo, or legally have consensual sex with someone aged eighteen or older in most all states then why should they have such a weighted impact on America’s future? They shouldn’t. Even without those facts, sixteen year olds would increase the amount of votes like “Harambe” to a ridiculous amount, especially since without sixteen year olds the votes for random things were too high.

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  • Hovo from Massachusetts

    What I think is 16 years old sometimes not mature enough to vote for president. They are able to get their license but I don’t think everyone’s ready to vote for president. they need to realize and understand more and know about the presidents and their future plans.

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    What I think is 16 years old sometimes not mature enough to vote for president. They are able to get their license but I don’t think everyone’s ready…

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  • Adriana from Massachusetts

    I feel that students age of 16 even 18 are still not mature enough to have a such a major say. Of course they do deserve an oppertunity have a say but most just take it as a joke.

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  • Shelby from Kentucky

    Every year the age of adult hood is pushed off. According to Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse, the American adult is “vanishing”. He backs this up with points about why adolescence has changed so much in the past thirty years and offers his solutions for child rearing today in his book ‘The Vanishing American Adult’. The point that affected me the most while reading it was the lack of motivation to learn in today’s society. So many people-not just adolescents-prefer to remain ignorant of today’s problems. Surveys roll out every year showing the political ignorance of America’s self-governing people, the most recent from the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Public Policy Center reporting only 26% of people could name the three branches of government (a drastic change from 2011’s 38%). If Americans as a whole are becoming more and more ignorant of their own government every year, it does not make sense to give their greatest power over Congress to inexperienced teens.

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  • Trinity from California

    Though I do think there are a fair amount of youths who, at 16, have thought a great deal about politics and their views, not enough youth are really giving consideration to the world around them. Only a handful of kids actually know the impact that their votes will have, watch the news, read the paper/online headlines, and/or have rooted, founded beliefs. Most adults beliefs change multiple times over their lifetime and at 16, most of us are still figuring out who we are. It’s not smart to tell a kid (who is still figuring out what they think is right and wrong) to vote. We’ll have more irresponsible voters amongst the vast majority of adults who already aren’t smart voters. For these reasons, I say no, 16 year olds should not vote.

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  • Joe from Kansas

    Now if they want to vote for themselves that don’t count toward the actual votes. Other than that i don’t think that they really need to vote i think that 18 years old is young enough to vote even some of the 18 year old’s are not really mature enough so why would it be alright to let a 16 year old vote in my opinion to vote you must know what and who you’re voting for and actually have a good reason for voting for that person most of your 16 year old’s are gonna vote for who ever their buddies or for who ever everyone else is voting for so they don’t know who they’re voting for all they know is that there buddy is voting for them and that’s all that matters to them

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  • Kaleigh from Kansas

    I don’t think the voting age should be lowered to 16 years old because a lot of kids that age don’t know what is going on in our Country. They just hear about what other people say, and not form their own opinions about everything. If kids who are 16 years old are responsible enough to vote then they should be able to do the things 18 year olds do, because when you turn 18 you have responsibilities so then 16 year olds should have the same responsibilities and disciplines.

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    I don’t think the voting age should be lowered to 16 years old because a lot of kids that age don’t know what is going on in our Country. They just he…

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  • Arianna from Georgia

    I believe that the voting age in America should not be lowered to 16 because adolescents aren’t quite mature enough to make such big decisions as who should lead the country. Some 16 year olds might not yet have any political opinions that would cause them to vote for one candidate instead of another. This lack of opinion could cause a 16 year old to be swayed into voting for a particular candidate by their peers, their parents,etc. The current voting age of 18 is appropriate because people aged 18 are young adults who can recognize the responsibilities that they now have and are mature enough to an extent to make an important decision such as who should be the President.

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  • Suanette from New York

    16 might be a reasonable age to vote for some, but the pressures of social and parental are more than enough, to add a political pressures to that would just make things worse. Being 16 and having an insight in politics is a good start to creating a political voice. 16 is still not a mature enough age to be credible to vote. Voting should have a thought process behind it that many 16 year olds are not educated enough on, or driven enough, to have. Also, since 16 year olds are still under their parents advisory, their parents might use them as a way to increase the votes to whomever they’re voting for’s advantage. This would be risky to give TEENAGERS an additional responsibility to figure who and what to vote for.

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    16 might be a reasonable age to vote for some, but the pressures of social and parental are more than enough, to add a political pressures to that wou…

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  • liliana from Texas

    If you ask someone at the age of 16 who they would vote for and why, they would probably have their top choice but wont have anything to back up their choice. I don’t think it the age to vote should be lowered because teenagers are not mature enough at that age to really look at the facts or what they have presented in front of them. While it might not be all teenagers,the majority don’t really understand what is happening in politics when they are at the age of 16 so by giving them this responsibility it may cause political turmoil.

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    If you ask someone at the age of 16 who they would vote for and why, they would probably have their top choice but wont have anything to back up thei…

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  • Jeremy from Pennsylvania

    Lowering the voting age to 16 is repeating the past with decision to let 18 year old’s votes, they usually don’t. 16 year old’s brains are not fully developed enough to make such a choice, plenty of these voters would have chose joke candidates which would be detrimental since the youth population is huge in America. Just like 18 year old’s, people that are 16 are not that interested in politics, leading to uneducated votes, even in their interests. For the sake of everyone, let kids be kids .

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    Lowering the voting age to 16 is repeating the past with decision to let 18 year old’s votes, they usually don’t. 16 year old’s brains are not fully d…

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  • A.J. from Kansas

    I honestly think that the states should regulate the voting age and not for state elections for national elections I mean the states control the age to marry, age for driving, even age when you’re considered and adult.

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    I honestly think that the states should regulate the voting age and not for state elections for national elections I mean the states control the age t…

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  • Austin from Kansas

    I do not believe that we should lower the voting age. Most people do NOT know anything about constitution, and people in this generation agree with everything that is put out on the internet which can be false information that we are provided. You may say we constitution classes, and that is true. However, some schools make it a requirement. For example, the school that I am enrolled in requires us to take constitution, and I am 18. Some individuals can choose to take constitution at 16 if they chose too, but not all 16 year old kids will. We need people who are actually educated with constitution and government to vote so that we can make smart decisions, and elect the right candidate that is fit to our country.

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    I do not believe that we should lower the voting age. Most people do NOT know anything about constitution, and people in this generation agree with ev…

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  • Michael from Iowa

    If the voting age is decreased to 16 years old we will only widen the gap of uninformed voters in our country. Being currently a 17 year old kid I know that i dont know nearly enough about politics to be able to vote. Therefore no the voting age should not be changed.

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    If the voting age is decreased to 16 years old we will only widen the gap of uninformed voters in our country. Being currently a 17 year old kid I kno…

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  • Chase from Florida

    The politics in this nation can be life changers. They affect everyone, including those who are considered to young to vote. However, the turnout of American’s voting is pitiful as the ratio of voting age and percentage of voting are equal (43% of 43 year olds will vote etc.). One solution in the United States is considering lowering the voting age. Many websites question if 16 year olds are allowed to drive, work, and pay taxes, then why shouldn’t they be allowed to vote? The hope is that these voters will increase the voter turnout over time. Personally, I do not consider allowing people at the age of 16 to vote.
    A question that arises with lowering the voting age is are they capable of having the mental capability to be able to vote. From my perspective the average politically minded child at the age of 16 falls into two categories: They either hold no interest to politics or they are mindlessly following their parents or guardians political ideas.
    You may say that we have voting restrictions in place to check people’s mind set. However these same restrictions may be the reason why people do not vote. Many alien residents, undocumented immigrants who pay taxes and obey the laws, refuse to vote in fear of deportation. Others who are illegible to vote may want to vote, but do not possess the resources to become eligible.
    Solutions have been introduced to increase voter turnout from educating the population the importance of voting to allowing people to vote from home by shipping a ballot to them. Overall, I do not believe any improvements will occur if the voting age is lowered to 16.

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  • Amy from Texas

    No, because anyone below 16 shouldn’t really care about politics, it will only make it more stressful or concerning when it comes to worrying about passing school with the best grades they can put their work and effort into.

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  • chanceline from Texas

    I don’t think kids under 16 should be able to vote because they are too young to think about politic

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  • Carter from Texas

    At age 16, teenagers are greatly influenced by their parents’ view. By making the voting age 16, all that would happen would be an extra vote for on party depending on the household. 18 years is the mark when teenagers embark on their own journey and begin to make their own decisions. Having the voting age at 16 does not allow these kids time to develop their own views about society, therefore skewing how the American population feels.

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    At age 16, teenagers are greatly influenced by their parents’ view. By making the voting age 16, all that would happen would be an extra vote for on p…

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  • Tatum from Wisconsin

    The voting age should be 18 because it is such a huge stepping stone for 18 years olds in their first sign and big choice as an adult. An adult should be making a choice on who our next president should be. You have to be educated to make a choice that is desirable to your beliefs and at 16 most do not even know what they want to believe and for that reason they maybe making a vote based on stereotypes and not their actual knowledge.

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    The voting age should be 18 because it is such a huge stepping stone for 18 years olds in their first sign and big choice as an adult. An adult should…

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  • Kapuakainani from Nevada

    As someone who was sixteen during the time of the 2016 election and is/was very involved in local politics and voicing my opinions on social and political issues, I view that the voting age should not be lowered. Although eighteen is not much different from sixteen, there is a somewhat higher level of maturity. Teenagers are often swayed by their friends and don’t have a voice of their own so allowing them to vote for the President would only elect someone who is viewed as the popular candidate which doesn’t mean they are the qualified candidate. On the other hand, age doesn’t always equal maturity. With what we have seen from the last election, people vote without being informed and they vote for selfish reasons. Instead of voting for the best person for the nation as a whole, we often see that people vote for the person that will help their needs. So in some aspects the voting age doesn’t matter because no matter what, the American population seems to stay uninformed with political issues.

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  • Keahja from South Carolina

    The Primary reason as to why the voting age shouldn’t be lowered to 16 is because that’s entirely much responsibility, which shouldn’t be given to a child. As this generation transforms I believe we shouldn’t pull away from the fact that children need to live the rest of their childhood before taken on Adult duties. Entering into the real world is something children shouldn’t rush directly into. In conclusion, we need to realize that children are children and as a child, you make mistakes, so before allowing a child to make an important decision, think about it as if that child was never given the obligation in turns making a mistake with it.

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  • Jade from Indiana

    “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote” a common quote in the 1940’s at protests for young people who believed that the age of voting should be lowered. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was one of the first presidents who declared that given the fact citizens from the ages of 18 to 21 were fighting for our country the voting age should be lowered to 18. The reasoning in which he did this was because at the age of 18 young adults would sign up for the draft and fight for our freedom. 18 to 21 year olds were dying for their country. This sparked a huge movement, people deserved to be able to decide what they wanted to happen to their country and put a word in on it. Eventually the 26th Amendment was put in place and the voting age was lowered to 18. Now flash forward about 50 years to 2017 on a “thinkthevote” website where high school students are discussing whether or not the voting age should be lowered. In my opinion the voting age should not be lowered. The main reason I think that it would be irrational to do this is the fact that we are children. Although there are people from 16 to 18 who have to be adults the vast majority of us are immature and not ready for that responsibility. Our brains are not even close to fully developed and some teenagers cannot even handle putting their laundry in a hamper let alone voting on who should be in office to make decisions for our towns, states, or country as a whole. If the voting age was lowered again there would have to be a valid reason that could apply to a majority of the 16 to 18 year olds. Internet also plays an enormous role in my reason as to why we should not lower the vote. Memes have become a part of everyone’s life, you see them on Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and so many other sites. Children look at these political memes and think it is funny to vote for certain people. In the comments they laugh at the different candidates, many of these teens would not think rationally about their vote. In conclusion, I ultimately think that teens from 16 to 18 are not mature enough. They need a few extra years under their belt persay. Until there is a reason that can apply to a majority of 16 to 18 year olds, the voting age should stay 18.

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  • Alexis from Oklahoma

    Lowering the voting age to 16 would allow my generation to be more politically engaged, yes, but what I have found in most political debates amongst young people is that they are solely arguing what they hear from their parents. Therefore, it is most likely not their real voice of opinion, it’s their parents and grandparents input that they are preaching. Thus meaning that he or she probably does not even know what they want from their president and government, they just know what their elders believe making them assume that what they hear from them is correct and is the way to go on many different issues.

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    Lowering the voting age to 16 would allow my generation to be more politically engaged, yes, but what I have found in most political debates amongst y…

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  • Cristina from Florida

    The voting age in America and most countries is eighteen years of age for various reasons. Whenever a person is sixteen years old they think that they are responsible, independent young adults capable of making their own decisions through a well-done thought process. But the truth is that most sixteen-year-old teenagers haven’t developed their critical thinking skills, haven’t been too involved in the political realm of the United States. Truth be told, many teenagers at this age are still finding their identity as individuals and handing them the grand responsibility of voting for a president, a representative, or a mayor may not be for their best interest. Instead, it’s preferable to give them a couple of years more to find themselves and develop certain crucial skills such as critical thinking, analyzing, comparing, and being able to recognize that the world works through compromises. It may be true that some sixteen-year-olds are ready to be voters but that is not the majority or the norm, that’s precisely why it’s best to just allow them a couple more years to work on themselves and their sense as a part of the American voting community before allowing them the privilege of voting.

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  • Monique from Utah

    At 16, I’m allowed to get a driver’s licence; I am allowed, by law, to use a machine that weighs 25 times more than I do that is responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths every year in America. I don’t even understand the mechanics behind it, nevermind the consequences that one single decision I make can have on another person. At 16, I’m a sponge, learning through life experiences and the lectures my teachers give through powerpoints. At 16, I’m taking an AP Government class, and half of my peers are failing. We do not understand the issues. Because, in my class, someone asked what the Constitution was. Another student asked why we didn’t lower the voting age. “I can drive and go to the military before I can vote. Doesn’t that seem unfair?” But even if we were to expand the electorate (the amount of people eligible to vote), it doesn’t change the fact that young people in the 21-25 age group have the lowest voting numbers of all age groups, even right after the 26th amendment was added (lowered the voting age to 21) and during critical elections like Trump v Hillary or Obama v Romney. The problem stands not with the right to vote, but rather the education to do so. Speaking government and understanding our unique democracy takes years to comprehend. There are mandates and Congress and incumbents and exit polls and bears, oh my! Most 16 year olds do not understand government. If anything, most Americans don’t understand the government. And now you want to expand the electorate? That’s like having a gun pointed at you and then helping the assailant cock the weapon: it is addressing the wrong issue. Instead of lowering the voting age, we need to increase education in America. So, when those 16 year olds become 18 year olds, they’ve had the education to utilize their right to vote and make a change within local and national governments.

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  • Valerie from Minnesota

    I don’t think we should lower it to 16. I am currently 16. I myself don’t fully understand politics. Kids that are 16are only two years into high school. The way my high school has it set up is that we take a class about government in 9th grade and another one in 12th grade. the one I took in 9th grade no one listened. what 13/14 year-old cares about the government or voting. I understand that they want to get more people to vote but I believe that there are other ways to do it without getting people who don’t actually care and don’t see how this will affect their lives. Most highschoolers wait till the last minute to plan for college. 38% of freshman in college are undecided. At 18. when they can vote. I don’t think that we should put the leadership of or country in the hands of a group of people that still think voting is about voting for your friends. plus 16 is the age you can drive. 16n is when kids get their freedom. to get your freedom and be able to vote at the same time is giving them a lot of power that they never had before. Before 16 they did everything with their parents. so the kid may not even have their own beliefs it will just be a reflection of their parents. instead of opening it to 16 year-olds the could try incentives or opening the voting period for a longer period because I know a lot of people that couldn’t vote because they had to work and their work doesn’t let them leave to vote.

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    I don’t think we should lower it to 16. I am currently 16. I myself don’t fully understand politics. Kids that are 16are only two years into high scho…

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  • William from Massachusetts

    The reason why I feel that the voting age shouldn’t be lowered is because of today’s generation that we are all apart of today. A lot of people don’t take voting seriously anymore, and that is due to people just not making any research on that particular person and people are just voting who ever looks cool on those advertisements that we see on TV. That’s not the answer. I feel like once we get older and build up more knowledge when it comes to these things, then we can make those decisions, but not at the age of 16, in my honest opinion.

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  • Edward from Michigan

    I agree that the average sixteen year old person is not interested enough in politics to educate themselves on what is at stake. Most are distracted by a number of other things i.e. friends, social media etc. I feel that not being allowed to vote until the age of eighteen gives an individual something to look forward to as if it is a privileged right to be taken seriously and an entitlement. I also feel that the additional 2 years for maturity are a big advantage in making a better informed decision.

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  • Christian from Massachusetts

    Ever heard the saying, “Maturity comes with experience, not age”(Ziad K. Abdelnour). This quote also translates to, just because you’ve had sixteen birthdays doesn’t make you an expert on politics. Logically speaking, the age requirement for voting should not be lowered because we can not account for experience and knowledge. To indeed have a grasp on politics you must have an understanding of how it feels to be in the situations debated about in the current parties, but when you are sixteen, you happen to be under the wings of your parents making it impossible for you to understand entirely. Besides, let us say you’ve done your research, and you have a full understanding of how politics work; hooray for you, but that doesn’t account for everyone else who probably hasn’t.
    Furthermore, I’m about to turn sixteen, sophomore in high school and now learning about the tip of the iceberg that makes American history. How in the world would I have a broad understanding of politics that isn’t biased because of my parents? Well, unless I do the research, which we aren’t able to check. Then if we do add a check system, there is a high chance that it will become corrupt and will either be impossible for a sixteen-year-old to get a good score on or be way too easy for a 10-year-old to pass. I’m saying this because it’s happened before in the Jim Crow era, “Shelby vs. Holder”, tests which were given to blacks and were nearly impossible for anyone to pass.
    All these points prove that sixteen-year-olds are not fit to vote, and again, “Maturity comes with experience, not age”(Ziad K. Abdelnour).

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  • Zachary from Louisiana

    While I understand both sides, as a 17 year old i believe that there are still a lot I need to learn about politics. I don’t think teenagers as a majority have the reasoning skills necessary to vote quite yet and need more time to develope those skills.

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  • Natalia from Florida

    Children at 16 years old are not well educated on the subject. Many do not formulate their own opinions and go along with their parent’s decisions or their friend groups. While there are some students who are well educated there are too many that aren’t. Considering the difficult situation we are in now with our leader and the many children who support him without knowing what his beliefs are and how his controversial behaviors impact us as a country, lowering the voting age will just allow this situation to repeat itself. Yes, people deserve the right to vote, but it is a privilege that many take advantage of. Voting impacts the future of our country and should not be something taken lightly. There should be heavy research involved in making your decision on who to vote for that I know many children would not even think to do before making this life-changing decision. 16-year-olds are not prepared to vote because they still do not understand how much their decision will impact the country and that is is not a game.

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  • Alexandria from Georgia

    No. Most of what 16 year-olds learn about politics is from school. I think it is good to have the voting age at 18 because that is when people are expected to be graduated from high school. Once graduated, students have a better understand of the country is ran. When they are sixteen,they’re still in the middle of learning about politics, so they wouldn’t have an educated vote.

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  • Nick from Minnesota

    The voting age should not be lowered to the age of 16. This should not happen for these reasons:
    Firstly, those of the age of 16 have too little experience, overall, of their society and thus are not qualified enough to make decisions for said society.
    Secondly, those of the age of 16 are on average disinterested in politics and the society surrounding them, preferring their own, young niche of peers, such as school friends, clubs, and groups. It would follow from this assumption that they would make decisions based on their experience and knowledge that have sprung from said niche. This young niche, however, is not indicative of the society in general, and therefore their decisions in voting will not be well acclimated to the society.
    Finally, those of the age of 16 will on average not vote, thus making the semantics of their allowance to vote insignificant and foolish.
    In essence, 16 year olds are too inexperienced in society to make use of such a glorious tradition of the Republic, and therefore should not be enfranchized.

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  • Jenna from Kansas

    Although the involvement of youth in the political process is a great step towards our future and getting the voices of the younger generation heard, I feel that the current age of 18 is appropriate because most people by the age of 18 have taken some sort of government class in school and are mature enough to take the responsibility of voting seriously.

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  • Slaybie from Florida

    I think not because the type of teen I am does not settle for all teens. Some may take politics as a joke and not think of the consequences of who or what they vote for. I the age is lowered than what good would it be doing America than just throwing it in a pile of socks and never fixing them. Politics isn’t just a prom queen and king vote this is America’s fate with its people.

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  • Brooke from Kansas

    I personally don’t think the voting age should be lowered to 16. Teenagers are swayed already by what they see on the media and what others around them say. If they are serious enough about it, then they will look up information online and make their own judgments on the candidates. Yet, most teenagers won’t take the time to research and formulate their own opinion. There are so many others screaming their own judgments and opinions out into the world that it can drown out one’s own thoughts.

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  • Melody from California

    From personal experience 16 year-olds either a) don’t care about politics, b) just flat out don’t pay attention, or c) know a whole lot. So by giving 16-year-old the right to vote most wouldn’t take it seriously and would just vote for whoever social media was talking about more rather than what each candidate believes in. While I do believe that some would, most wouldn’t and therefore ruin it for everyone and gets a bad candidate into office, any office not just president.

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  • Kasen from Texas

    The voting age should be raised to the age of 25 rather than be lowered. Most individuals under the age of 25 have little-to-no real-world experience, and therefore shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Individuals under this age will vote on what they feel is right rather than what is right. This may not be true on everyone’s part, but it is on the majority’s. By raising the voting age, we’re allowing people to gain real-world experience that will in turn give them a more mature response to how and what they vote for.

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  • Tristan from Texas

    I am currently 16 years old, but I do not think that the voting age should be lowered to 16.

    Today, 18 year olds can vote because of the Twenty-Sixth Amendment, added to the United States Constitution July 1, 1971. This amendment was proposed because of the perceived injustice of sending 18 year olds to fight in wars (World War II and the Vietnam War), but denying them the rights of any other adults.

    Until 1971, most states considered 21 to be their age of majority. It seems that the states responded to the Constitutional Amendment by lowering their age of majority to match the federally guaranteed voting age.

    This meant that 18 year olds could now enter into private contracts, be tried as adults in criminal court, and carry all of the other civic responsibilities that any other adult was expected to.

    My concern, if another Constitutional Amendment was passed that secured the right to vote for anyone 16 and older, is that before most teenagers could even graduate from high school they could be legally abandoned by their parents, expected to spend time away from school on jury duty, and my biggest fear is that they could be drafted into wars based on the logic of the popular slogan “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote.”

    The Constitution does not prohibit states and cities from permitting those younger than 18 to vote in any election, so if a state or city decided to allow that, I would be okay with it. I think a Constitutional Amendment that will change the current voting age nationwide should be carefully considered and include provisions that ensure that American teenagers are not disadvantaged.

    Unless many other institutions of our American society were to adapt accordingly for the sake of American youth, I must for my own sake oppose such a proposal.

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  • Madison from Virginia

    Adolescents’ brains are still developing, and studies have proven that adolescents struggle with decision making. Allowing them to vote so early in their adolescence can be dangerous, as they won’t have the best interest of everyone as a whole in mind. The main reason the voting age is 18 is because people would be drafted in the military at 18, but could not vote on the issues. Even still, there is an extremely low voter turnout for adolescents, so would there really be a change in elections?

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  • Richard from California

    The reason we moved the voting age before was because young men at the age of 18 were being drafted but did not have the right to vote. I see no reason to move the voting age down considering how our youth is very unaware of how government works. Besides, in states such as California, youth can already pre-register to vote and that in hand helps combat political apathy.

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  • Luis from California

    Our system of government has corrected its mistakes, having different generations each time. The age of 18 years can be adequate, since it has a greater maturity than in the previous stages. Even at the age of 18, some people do not take an assessment of the elections. I consider that accepting the age of 16 to vote is inadequate for this society as for some future generations. The society of this present and including me, we do not have a specific level of analysis at 16. Every time our age grows, we learn from our past mistakes and try to correct them for a better future.

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  • Zachary from Minnesota

    No, it’s says in the constitution that you have to be at least 18 years of age to vote.

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    • J. from California

      Which is why there are amendments. Also btw the original voting age in the Constitution was actually 21, and the original Constitution, pre 13th Amendment, included stuff about the value of black people as objects and not fully human (3/5 clause)

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  • Hannah from California

    Voting rights in the United States is a responsibility, one that should not be taken lightly. It’s an important decision that can greatly impact the course of our country. Though there are informed, educated teenagers, I don’t think that many are mature enough to vote. The people vote for the government to take action for issues that teenagers don’t yet have to deal with. It would make no sense to let someone who has no experience in the field make decisions for people how have spent years gaining experience.

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  • Tasha from New Jersey

    I don’t think the voting age should be lowered to 16 because 16 year olds have no idea what is going on in the world. I know that when I was 16 I was more focused on having fun and living life, not the election or choosing a president. I also don’t think 16 year olds are mature enough to make a decision that could affect a whole nation. I know that 16 is seen as the time when teens become of age but 16 is still young, they still need their parents or guardians to grant permission for certain things and they haven’t had the chance to explore and have experiences in life. The decision to make the legal voting age 16 is foolish and detrimental. It’s a no for me.

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  • jesyka from South Dakota

    Teens at age of 16 (coming from a fifteen year old) may not take this seriously. They most likely will not do research and will result in people being elected that are not the smartest of all.

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  • Jonha from Michigan

    While I do expressly believe in expanding aspects of sovereignty and liberty to the utmost allowable points, this aspect isn’t necessary right now, and will only do harm until we expand alternative aspects of liberty, and detract certain aspects of government, because regardless of who is voting and what is sovereign, there should be a very clear line that governments should not be able to cross, which they DO cross now, and will continue to cross more if we ensure the indoctrinated masses with sovereignty before ensuring free masses liberty. Basically, we need to greatly reform the size and scope of government before we allow anymore people, again, regardless of age, into it.

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  • Gabriela from Massachusetts

    The vast majority of people sixteen years old and younger have little political experience or motivation to participate or learn about politics, meaning that their opinions are heavily influenced by fake news, stereotypes, and simply untrue or blanket statements that do not give them the worldlier, wider perspective of the world that most voting adults share. Young people merely do not have enough experience to make intelligent, informed decisions while voting and are too gullible, and for these reasons the voting age should not be lowered to sixteen.

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  • Cheyenne from Illinois

    Only adults should be allowed to vote. A group so inexperienced should not be allowed to make such crucial decisions.

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  • Austin from Tennessee

    No. The immature mind of a young adult is, more often than not, incapable of understanding the depth of politics. I am 17 years old and feel that I am not ready to take part in something as important as an election. There are many sides to each story, and I am not yet capable of interpreting this information without influence from someone far wiser than I.

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  • May from Texas

    Although there are some 16-year-olds who are very knowledgeable in our country’s politics, there are still many others who aren’t. If we keep the age at 18, it allows people to further develop their perceptions of our government. I have to admit, I now know more about our government than I did two years ago when I was 16. Everyone’s maturity level is different; there are mature 16 year olds and immature 18 year olds. But there is usually more cognizant 18 year olds. My main argument is just allowing people more time to learn if the voting age is kept at 18.

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  • Samantha from Texas

    Upon the evaluation of today’s culture, specifically the lifestyle and perceptions of this generation, I have come to the conclusion that we should NOT change the voting age to 16. With this statement, I justify my argument with the simplicity of; The behavior, trends, and overall pattern. Today, 16-year-olds, at least a great majority, are either drinking, under the influence of illegal substances, or participating in behavior unsuitable for one of such age. Of course, morals are flexible upon whom you ask, however, such behavior is still regarded to as foolish, a simple characteristic of one who is not yet mature, thus not suitable to participate in such a drastic impact on our nation. Those who are not compelled to such actions may be committed to the habitual behavior of doing absolutely nothing except binge-watching Netflix, eating food, and participating in social media or online websites such as Youtube. I must say, being one of the many who are not qualified in either subgroup(There are many, so do not, by any means, feel limited to qualifying to just one, as this is a generalization), I strive for the betterment of our country as well. I must say that the others may not feel the same, but their actions just don’t justify the means.
    Overall, in a nutshell, I want to ask you this; Do you really want someone who obsesses over the culture of drugs, overpriced shoes, and fictional dilemmas(Just for the attention at school or by society in general), to be a participant in one of the most life-changing decisions that will ever occur?
    The simplicity of being an adolescence is that we make decisions in the moment without reflection of responsibilities. Just remember, the close-minded tend to follow the greater group, not necessarily the more correct.
    One example would be the entertainer, Kanye West, and his claim to run for the presidency in 2020. Of course, the younger population will vote for him, not only because he’s a motif of media and entertainment, but because he has used the exceptional tactic of aiming towards his general audience.
    Think about it; Would you really want to be stuck with a decision for 4 years that may be absolutely damaging?
    With that, I rest my case.

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    • Kristen from Arizona

      A few points,
      1. The vast majority of teens are actually not engaged in illegal activity. Only 28%* of young teens (14-16 year olds) actually have had these harmful substances. In fact, it is more likely for teens of voting age to be doing illegal substances.
      2. Also, morality is inherently culturally relative. Within our culture, we recognize what is and isn’t okay and set laws based on shared conclusions.
      3. Maturity is not the issue in voting. Reasoning is and studies show that teens can reason as well as adults**.
      4. Teens involved in social media are more likely to be informed on issues of political topics. Take Twitter, the trending page constantly includes topics of debate. Also, our president is very active on Twitter.
      5. The point of actions not justifying the means does not make much sense. If you attempt to better your country, your means would be voting and so would your action. Machiavelli was not referencing voting but rather political action involving a sovereign.
      6. Teenagers obsess less about drugs than adults because adults are worried their children use them.
      7. The idea that people can have more than one thing on their mind never crossed yours? Many people of the upperclass focus heavily on the clothes they wear (Many being in politics) and thus are obsessed with overpriced shoes. Although not a great example, Trump once commented on the price of his suit during a debate.
      8. Teenagers are more likely to be open minded due to lack of exposure.
      9. Teenagers never expressed any interest in voting for Kanye West. In fact, the only reason they may have made a comment about voting for him is because he reflects their ideals better than Trump. Also, Kanye was being satirical because Trump has about as much political experience as him. None.

      *https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-teens-and-drug-use
      **http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2009/10/teen-maturity.aspx

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  • john from California

    hell im 17 and i wouldnt trus me to vote or any one my age we are brash emotional and altoghther not the best people to take part in something that effects not only us but everyone around us

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  • Constanza from Washington

    I feel like lowering the voting age to 16 would be a mistake. 16 year-olds are just barely getting their license, they’re not even half-way done with high school and you expect them to vote? There is a lack of experience and a lack of knowledge that comes with being 16 and that lack of knowledge will only divide the country even more. I understand that a 2-year difference isn’t much in this case, but between sophomore year and junior year you learn so much more about the country. If I was able to vote at 16, I wouldn’t have had the knowledge gained my junior year of high school about American history. That understanding of how to pass laws and how to veto them and the steps it takes to assemble Acts is crucial to being able to vote. Now that I have that grasp on american history I feel okay to say that the voting age should be kept at 18.

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  • Adam from Florida

    When I used to be involved in the political process with the Teenage Republicans (TARs), I met students my age who are more politically-knowledgeable than most adults in this country. Despite this, those under the age of eighteen should not have the right to vote since we not yet fully-integrated with the entirety of society. As minors, we do not have many responsibilities that adults have such as paying a significant portion of taxes, following laws/regulations that apply to adults, and being expected to be contributing members to society; our communities has bought us time to develop as human beings so that when we do enter as adults we can do so with a fair opportunity to succeed. Unless we are able to give up this shield given to us and still succeed in society (which personally I already work 70 hrs/wk between school and extracurricular activities), we should not be able to elect leaders who change the very policies we are currently exempted from.

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    • Nick from Colorado

      I attended boy’s state in Colorado and among those 219 students they had more knowledge than the people who were voting for our leaders. I work 65 hours a week at my job, I pay income tax, I pay sales tax, I also follow the government policies in place and under way more than most of the population does. I can be drafted into the military to fight and die for the country in which i cannot vote, which to me sounds like a lot of crap.

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    • James from Florida

      The voting age of 18 gives students more time to mature and become contributing educated members of society instead of becoming a burden needing government
      assistance. People can be immature and uneducated at any age. If the voting age stays at 18 it gives teenagers more time to mature. It won’t get rid of dum voters, because people support what they listen to and their truths. My definition of dum, may be drastically different from yours. The voting age of 18 gives children more time to prepare and understand others and gives them more time to make up their mind on their morals, and be able to defend them and understand others.

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    • Kristen from Arizona

      There is not a significant difference between 16 and 18. Also, teenagers who have jobs is nearing 70%* thus they understand where their money is going. Also, teenagers can be tried as adults and go to prison for their life at the age of 16 for a violent crime. It isn’t like teenagers develop a moral compass only when they become adults.

      *https://www.epionline.org/release/o254/

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    • Jacob from Pennsylvania

      While I do agree with some of your points, I will say that as a 14 year old I do pay what I think is a fair bit of taxes. With my summer job at a local diner, I have to pay income tax. Whenever I shop anywhere, I have to pay sales tax. As with your statement of minors not being contributing members of society, I have a summer job of working at a local diner, and I participate in a local theater group, and have looked into directing a play. I also go to my state’s capital once a year or so, to lobby to not cut charter school funding. I feel that as a minor I’m not taken seriously about my thoughts or ideas, and the first way to fix that is by lowering the voting age.

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  • Michelle from Pennsylvania

    I say raise it to 25. Young enough to consider thought of young people and mature enough and more likely to carefully dicide politically.

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  • lestat from Missouri

    In my own opinion I believe that the legal voting age should stay 18. my reasoning for this is because when most citizens are 18 that is when they actually begin to get involved in politics because they will be eventually leaving home and having to start do things on there own. If 16 year old were allowed to vote they would abuse this obligation and vote to vote without knowing there reasoning for voting for there candidate

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  • Dylan from Missouri

    No, many people at 16 are not paying attention to the said politics, just focusing on the exterior of their plan not reading in the specifics and logistics of the plan. Most 16 year olds are just going with the majority, the popular candidate, whatever their friends are going with, whoever their parents support. Some 16 year olds are very invested in the politics and read deeply into the candidates, but that’s a small minority, the large majority does not care enough to do that.

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    No, many people at 16 are not paying attention to the said politics, just focusing on the exterior of their plan not reading in the specifics and logi…

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  • Katie from Missouri

    No. Kids at 16 are not fully developed in their mindset. I see kids just going in there and jacking off and not take things seriously. Don’t get me wrong, there are kids who could take this seriously. I just don’t see 16 year olds reading and learning about all the presidents in order to know who to vote for.

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    No. Kids at 16 are not fully developed in their mindset. I see kids just going in there and jacking off and not take things seriously. Don’t get me wr…

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  • Cara from Kentucky

    Personally, I do not believe that the voting age in the United States should be lowered to the age of sixteen. While I do believe that some sixteen year olds may be mature enough and educated enough to take part in voting, the majority are not. Some teenagers may not take the privilege of voting very seriously; some adults in our country today who already have the right to vote do not take their privilege seriously. Sixteen year olds do not have all of the education they need in order to make informed decisions. The majority of teenagers at this age also still live with their families which would affect their political beliefs. They may also be ignorant and biased because their only news source may be from social media. They need a chance to grow older and experience new view that are different from what they see in their families or online.

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  • arlyn from Kentucky

    I do not think that the voting age should be lowered. I think that 18 is a good age because around this age people start becoming more aware of politics. I understand that teens nowadays are much more into politics than ever before, but they get most of their information from social media and listening to what their parents say. Most will not be willing to put in time to actually research. Some 18 year olds probably are not even mature enough to vote, but overall I think that 18 is a good age and lowering it to 16 would only decrease the seriousness and accuracy of the election.

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    I do not think that the voting age should be lowered. I think that 18 is a good age because around this age people start becoming more aware of politi…

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  • Cameron from Kentucky

    I do not feel that the voting age should be lowered to 16 because many 16-year-olds do not pay attention enough the current issues and what each president stands for. The year 18 is when one becomes an official adult according to the United States government. If the age is lowered, the vote may not be valid and younger voters might just vote for what they want and who is more favored and not look at the big picture and see which president which actually make the United States thrive.

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  • Lauren from Kentucky

    No, I do not believe that we should change the voting age to 16 because it is going to skew the polls and affect the ratio of democrats to republicans. At 16 years old, teenager’s frontal lobes are just now beginning to mature, thus, their decision making is irrational and invalid. The teenagers are still entirely dependent on their parents/guardians at this age and most of all of their opinions are solely based off of the perspectives of the parents/guardians. Therefore, their justifications for voting choices are invalid, their decisions are irrational with very little contemplation, and the impact of their vote is overwhelming for a 16 year old. This is why 16 year olds should not be able to vote.

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    No, I do not believe that we should change the voting age to 16 because it is going to skew the polls and affect the ratio of democrats to republicans…

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    I think the voting age should stay at 18 because within those 2 years we can learn a lot more about politics and start to pay more attention to politics as well. Most 16 year olds aren’t mature enough to make good decisions about who to elect as president. They don’t have a great understanding about politics and an extra 2 years can give more exposure to politics.

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  • Marissa from Kentucky

    No, I do not think the voting age should be lowered to 16. First, because sophomores and juniors in high school still tend to base their opinions off of others and what they think. In addition, underclassmen in high school typically do not share much interest in politics. They do not have an open mind to how certain laws can affect other people and only vote based off of what is good for them, not what would be good for the nation as a whole.

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  • adam from Kentucky

    I believe that the younger a person is, the more their opinions are impacted by their parents’. Since most sixteen year olds live with their parents and have a higher chance of being persuaded by their parental figures one way or another, it would stand in the way of them opening their minds to other options. People at the age of 18 are more likely to have moved out to college or elsewhere which would broaden their political horizons.

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    I believe that the younger a person is, the more their opinions are impacted by their parents’. Since most sixteen year olds live with their parents a…

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  • Conor from Kentucky

    The age should not be lowered to 16 because most 16 year olds don’t have good political opinions and would not make the right vote. I don’t even have that good of a political opinion and I am almost 18 so lowering it to 16 would not be a good idea.

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    The age should not be lowered to 16 because most 16 year olds don’t have good political opinions and would not make the right vote. I don’t even have …

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  • Samuel from Kentucky

    The voting age should not be changed to 16, although some young people may know they’re government many of them do not at all. We should not have a percentage of our votes going towards people that do not know what they are talking about or voting on.

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  • Jamie from New Jersey

    No, no sixteen year old is going to vote and many don’t know how politics function. I know a LOT of sixteen year olds and eighteen year olds and they are least interested in voting. Very few who know the ins and outs of politics are not nearly enough to outweighs the consequences to result in those who vote just to press some buttons at a booth and claim “Well I’m an adult now, I voted!” whenever they don’t get what they want. The ones who do decide to vote are just going to go along with their parent’s decision and won’t even know who or what they’re voting for. Really, I’m appalled this is even a debate.

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    No, no sixteen year old is going to vote and many don’t know how politics function. I know a LOT of sixteen year olds and eighteen year olds and they …

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  • Nick from Kentucky

    No because 16 year olds are easily influenced by the opinions of their friends that they go to school with. I think at 18 years old you start to realize the weight of your decisions and you are faced with decisions that affect your future like what college and what major you want to select. This allows you to realize that you need to make decisions on your own that 16 year olds might no realize.

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    No because 16 year olds are easily influenced by the opinions of their friends that they go to school with. I think at 18 years old you start to reali…

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  • Hailey from Kentucky

    Although, I do believe that it is fair if more people had a chance to vote, but I also believe that kids at the age of 16 might not have a full understanding of who they are voting for. 16 years olds might not even have a level of maturity for voting (hence Harambe and Kanye West…) for their next president.

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    Although, I do believe that it is fair if more people had a chance to vote, but I also believe that kids at the age of 16 might not have a full unders…

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  • Jacob from Kentucky

    No,the voting age should not be lowered to 16. The voting age has already been lowered once and it should not be lowered again. People are generally not mature enough to make important decisions at 16.

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    • Jessica from California

      Why are elders who grew up in a different making out future when they aren’t going to live in it and things are different now? Of course they don’t want us to vote, we would overpower their old ways of thinking. Should the government be aligned with modern thinking? It’s fair if you disagree with that, but that’s the statement your saying. 🙂

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  • William from Kentucky

    I feel that the current age of 18 is the correct age to gain the ability to vote. It is a duty that comes with being an adult and I feel if you gain that ability at 16 it would lose the value of being significant and a part of adulthood.

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  • Terriane from Missouri

    I say no. The reason why is because most people don’t graduate high school until age 18. After you graduate high school you start getting a real taste of the real world. Most places, such as fast food, may hire 16 year olds, but industries like construction or healthcare places usually hire people when they’re 18. More opportunities, such as working full time, are available to 18 year olds and that’s also the age where most places see you as an adult. When you’re open to more opportunities you start to understand everything better, and at 16 you’re usually still going along with whatever is popular among your peers. And many 16 year olds may not pay attention to politic because they may feel like it doesn’t affect them. When you finally turn 18 years old that’s when EVERYTHING around you actually starts to affect you because you’re viewed as an adult and you have to face those responsibilities.

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  • Adam from Texas

    While I know that myself and a few other 16-year olds would probably vote sensibly, I cannot say the same for 16-year olds as a group. It seems to me that some people do mature earlier, but that a larger portion of people are mature at 18 than at 16. For example, the state of Texas allows you to get a provisional driver’s license at 16, but you have restrictions on your driving (can’t take as many passengers, can’t drive in the middle of the night, etc.) until you’re 18. This is because most people still need to mature between getting their license and actually being ready to drive like an adult. In the same way, most people need time to develop their awareness of politics before they are ready to vote.

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  • Alexander from Illinois

    No. When you turn 18, you become an adult, and you get a lot of responsibilities, including voting. Yes some of the laws apply to 16 year olds. However, that same logic can be applied to to babies, dogs, trees, almost anything. It’s about responsibility. When you become an adult, you are expected to become responsible. THEN you can help decide what happens to yourself and everyone else.

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    No. When you turn 18, you become an adult, and you get a lot of responsibilities, including voting. Yes some of the laws apply to 16 year olds. Howeve…

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  • Yehudis from Virginia

    16: that’s an age where most teenagers are worried about boyfriends or getting good grades or driving or friend issues. They are not yet responsible or educated enough to truly understand the concept of what it means to be a good governor, congressman, or president. Most of what they believe comes from their parents or what they hear from their teachers. They are not yet mature enough to make educated decisions which can impact the entire country.

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    • J. from California

      Hasty generalization fallacy my friend. 18 year olds are also worried about all the above. In college it gets worse. I’m not sure frat party boys can make a mature decision either, yet all 18 year olds can vote

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      Hasty generalization fallacy my friend. 18 year olds are also worried about all the above. In college it gets worse. I’m not sure frat party boys can …

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    • Tristan from Texas

      Yehudis, you raise a good point on how teenagers may not understand what a good governor, congressman, or president would look like. I only have memory of 2 Presidents and 2 Governors in my life, so I may not have a good idea of the ways their administrations or governorships can vary.

      I often disagree with my parents on many political or social issues, so I disagreed when you said that most teenagers believe what they hear from their parents or teachers.

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      Yehudis, you raise a good point on how teenagers may not understand what a good governor, congressman, or president would look like. I only have memor…

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  • Andrew from Kentucky

    I believe that the voting age should not be lowered to 16, because most 16 year olds are still not mature or educated enough to make a responsible decision. Most young adults get all their info of politics off social media, which is usually opinionated. Plus most young people, like college students, who can vote don’t. So why make the voting age lower? Our government has made the voting age 18 for a reason. It is the age we are considered adults, and can make smarter decisions. Also we are given multiple responsibilities, and are eligible to join the military,and go to jail. This is why young adults should be 18 to vote.

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  • Grace from Kentucky

    I think we shouldn’t lower the voting age to 16 mainly because of their usual lack of understanding. A vast majority of 16 year olds don’t quite know how the government works and could care less about finding out and being informed. Not to mention young people are highly impressionable. Like in this past election, Donald Trump was raised up on a pedestal and widely known, especially on social media, so they began to believe he was the right candidate (regardless of their own personal opinions). I feel once young people understand the true nature of politics, they should be able to vote.

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    I think we shouldn’t lower the voting age to 16 mainly because of their usual lack of understanding. A vast majority of 16 year olds don’t quite know …

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  • Landen from Indiana

    Though many sixteen-year-olds may perhaps favor one specific candidate, the voting age should remain eighteen. The additional two years can provide much greater insight into which candidate would support the voter best. Eighteen-year-old people have a better understanding of politics which aids their decision making skills when they choose for whom they wish to vote.

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    Though many sixteen-year-olds may perhaps favor one specific candidate, the voting age should remain eighteen. The additional two years can provide m…

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  • Adam from Kentucky

    I do not think that we should lower the age because I do not think that anyone under the age is ready to decide who should be in office. A lot of young people are influenced by celebrities and athletes, and they should really be coming up with their own ideas, and political views.

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    I do not think that we should lower the age because I do not think that anyone under the age is ready to decide who should be in office. A lot of youn…

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  • Olivia from Kentucky

    We should not lower the voting age because most of the information that young people get comes from social media. Unfortunately, social media is very biased and is often untrue. Yes, anyone can be fooled by social media, but I feel that the older we are, the better our judgment becomes. There is also the fact that the older we get, the more we actually begin to care about politics because who we vote for directly affects our future as young adults in America.

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    We should not lower the voting age because most of the information that young people get comes from social media. Unfortunately, social media is very …

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  • Megan from Kentucky

    The voting age shouldn’t be lowered to 16. This is because most 16 year olds either don’t know anything about politics or they don’t care enough. Also, 16 year olds aren’t the smartest when it comes to common sense and their minds aren’t fully developed. Even though this would allow for more voters and it gives a new perspective to the elections, it wouldn’t be smart to put this much power in the hands of 16 year olds.

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    The voting age shouldn’t be lowered to 16. This is because most 16 year olds either don’t know anything about politics or they don’t care enough. Also…

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  • Abby from Kentucky

    No, I don’t think we should lower the voting age because not all young children are mature enough or would know enough to what they were deciding. Also, 16 year old’s minds are still developing; therefore, they still might not understand the concepts that are going on in the world at the time enough to make a good decision.

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    No, I don’t think we should lower the voting age because not all young children are mature enough or would know enough to what they were deciding. Als…

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  • claire from Kentucky

    I do not think the voting age should be lowered to 16. The teenagers at this time most likely still won’t be able to drive, and are still majorly influenced by their parents. They don’t have as much knowledge that you have when you are older to be able to judge on your own who to vote. Your family and the people around you would end up deciding for you.

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    I do not think the voting age should be lowered to 16. The teenagers at this time most likely still won’t be able to drive, and are still majorly infl…

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  • Jessica from Illinois

    Teenagers should not be allowed to vote. At age 16, many are uninformed of the issues and do not know enough to formulate their own opinions, but rather go with what their parents vote instead. Without being fully submerged in politics or knowing about the issues let alone where one chooses to stand on them, voting in this fashion is selfish. 16 year olds are still children, they do not need to worry about social issues/political issues yet. Let children be children.

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    Teenagers should not be allowed to vote. At age 16, many are uninformed of the issues and do not know enough to formulate their own opinions, but rath…

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  • C from Oregon

    I’m a sixteen year old, turning seventeen this month, and I’ve been studying politics and been very involved both online and in person, and let me tell you, many more kids are engaged in politics only only than in person or both. When I was 14 and 15, not knowledgeable or interested in local politics, I saw a lot of “edgy” content and opinions, which slowly became the norm in the Instagram community I was a part of. Racist and extremist symbols and talk, white nationalists, anarchist-communists, etc. (all teens or people in their twenties, most of whom don’t actually understand political science). Luckily, I realized that everyone there was immature and wrong, and I started reading economic and potlical books, reading about local politics, now I’m involved with my county party, I have made friends with some of my officials, and I feel that I could be a responsible voter. But let’s face it, I am one of the the thousand or so people my age who were there, and I stopped, but you can go and see their accounts, it’s easy if you know the jargon and whatnot, they’re all kids who want nazis, or no government. It’s ridiculous and childish and sadly a somewhat accurate representation of what the next generation is seemingly going to have on it’s poltociak fringe. I’m sure that some of the will grow up, but let’s not let them vote until they do.

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  • Faith from Texas

    No. As a teenager, I know how people my age are. most are irresponsible, reckless, and easily influenced. We should learn about our country before you put it in our hands. We’re still figuring out how to drive and where to go to college. Why would you teach us how to vote when you haven’t even taught us how to do our own taxes or pay bill? Voting is something we aren’t worried about, nor are we ready for it

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    No. As a teenager, I know how people my age are. most are irresponsible, reckless, and easily influenced. We should learn about our country before you…

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  • Chris from Texas

    No, because even though if people can legally drive at the age of 16 in most states, they are not mature enough to make decisions that could seriously impact the country. Even today, 16 year olds are drinking, smoking, and doing drugs. Their brains have not fully matured yet enough to understand the grand aspects of politics. The voting age should be kept at 18, as that is the age of maturity, when one truly becomes an adult.

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    • Tristan from Texas

      Hi, Chris! I’m not sure that there really is a specific age when someone truly becomes an adult, but you’re right about how some teenagers are consuming alcohol and other things that are terrible for their health and their community. There are also adults who do these things, so maturity may not be so much a matter of age as much as it is a matter of how developed someone’s judgement is… and if everyone over the age of 18 had good judgement, I’m sure we wouldn’t need as many prisons as we do!

      I also think that brain development is an important factor in deciding when legal adulthood or voting should begin, so I’m glad you included it in your argument!

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  • Shane from Florida

    Hi, I am 16 my self and i don’t believe in being allowed to vote until 18 anyways. The reason being that when you are growing up, you tend to already be juggling life: School, work, family, and volunteering. Politics has always been littered with fighting and anger, and imagine how many friendships are effected by taking sides, or how deep arguments get in politics. I think that when you are a young teen, you should be forced to concentrate on what matters most in your personal life, like getting a good education, scholarships, or work. Finally, when you grow up, I have been told that you tend to believe things that are true. When you start living on your own, you have to do everything yourself, or not be able to survive in this growing world. Voting at 16 is voting with the mindset of someone who is “pampered” or “spoiled”. For these reasons I don’t believe the law should change.

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  • Frankie from Nebraska

    Young adults in this nation are not informed enough to make these decisions for themselves. They make no effort to educate themselves on political matters and are easily swayed by the opinions of their seniors. Not only that but the internet makes it increasingly difficult to discern the truth within elections. It is easier to read a fake article about a candidate online and accept it as the truth than to watch the news and come to your own conclusion. This is a result of what is known as an echo chamber, or when a persons social medial is dominated by like minded opinions. Because of this people are not exposed to both sides of the political debate and as a consequence have skewed views of both candidates.

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    • Tristan from Texas

      Frankie, I think that you and Clara are both right to be concerned about how social media can impact elections, especially since so many young people seem to be wired right into at least a handful of them.

      I think that we should also remember that there are adults that can also read very false and fallacious articles online, or misunderstand that an opinion piece is not necessarily factual… When we keep in mind that people of all ages can fall prey to the same ills of social media, it seems like an entirely separate issue that doesn’t justify being a reason for lowering OR raising the voting age.

      With Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election, I’m sure the three of us can agree that education about how you can discern the information spread on social media should be a focus right now.

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    • Clara from Iowa

      I believe that you do have some good points in this. I have to add that if we educate the youth and help them be informed about the dangers of online politics then we could have a more educated generation. With more educated youth you can have a more informed future who is able to work with and run a better government. This is why I think it is important to involve our youth in choices such as voting.

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  • Seth from Montana

    Like the site says: young people are too immature to understand what is happening, if they even know what is happening at all. In the past, this was not the case, people were more mature in the past, but as we have newer and newer generations, people mature at much older ages. I expect that most of today’s middle school kids won’t mature until their late 20s.

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    Like the site says: young people are too immature to understand what is happening, if they even know what is happening at all. In the past, this was n…

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    • Karson from Texas

      I do not think the voting age should be lowered. Most people don’t even know what is happening in the news or president elections, therefore if older people don’t understand, then there is no way that a 16 year old would know. They are at the age where news is one of the least of their worries and they don’t care. The voting age should stay at 18 because at this age they pay more attention to the news and what is happening but they are now adults and they will have to deal with the changes that the presidents make as they get older.

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      I do not think the voting age should be lowered. Most people don’t even know what is happening in the news or president elections, therefore if older …

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    • Sadie from Colorado

      I do not think the voting age should be lowered because even when people are 18 and gain the right to vote they probably haven’t taken the right steps to staying up to date with politics to make the right decision. Even one of my social studies teachers has told me that when they were 18 and gained the right to vote they voted for the people who were best dressed. If people who are 18 aren’t going to look into politics to vote than 16 year olds aren’t going to do any better.

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      I do not think the voting age should be lowered because even when people are 18 and gain the right to vote they probably haven’t taken the right ste…

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