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Should the voting age be 16? Show more Show less

Traditionally, the legal age for voting is 18. However, as more and more teenagers become politically active, calls have increased for the voting age to decrease to 16 so that older teenagers can vote. Should 16- and 17-year-olds be allowed to have their voice heard politically? Or are they simply not mature enough?

Yes, the age should be lowered Show more Show less

We should move the legal voting age to 16.
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They have adult responsibilities, but can't vote

Once rights involving freedom are given, teenagers should be able to vote.
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Context

In 2019, 56.2% of people aged 16-24 in America were employed. 50.4% were employed in the United Kingdom. 57.5% were employed in Canada. Adult responsibilities are entrusted upon this age group, so it's odd that 16 and 17-year olds do not have the privilege of voting.

The Argument

Voting is a huge responsibility. Likewise, so are many duties entrusted upon sixteen-year-olds. They can drive, work, and volunteer. They can contribute financially to their household. It seems like the right to vote should come with that, as many are already highly active members of society.[1] The argument that all rights should be given at one age is a common voice across many countries. The right to drive is a starting point, why not use that as the legal age for most things, particularly voting? It makes no sense to scatter these rights around like checkpoints.

Counter arguments

Just because a teen is entrusted with adult-like responsibilities does not mean they are ready to vote. Not all teens are employed or responsible, and mixing irresponsible teenagers in with the responsible could be more detrimental to the voting system than beneficial. It's not worth the risk.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Young teens are already entrusted with many adult responsibilities. [P2] Voting is an adult responsibility.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] 16-year-olds are not entrusted with ALL responsibilities. [Rejecting P2] Voting is an adult responsibility and should be left to adults.

Proponents

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References

  1. https://www.youthrights.org/issues/voting-age/top-ten-reasons-to-lower-the-voting-age/

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