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?
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