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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?

No, the voting age is fine as it is Show more Show less

The requirement is fine at 18.
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If someone can be drafted, they should be able to vote

If one can be forced to fight in a war, one should be able to help shape their country.
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Context

The Argument

This is an old one, but still relevant today. The draft still exists. The Selective Service Act requires all males, beginning at age 18, to register for the draft. If one is old enough to die for their country, they should be able to vote. Taking a young person's ability to vote may take away the pride and civic duty they feel for their country. Permission to vote alongside the registration of the draft instills major responsibility, one that can't be understood by a sixteen-year old.

Counter arguments

Although the draft still exists, it's not as relevant as it once was. Perhaps it may be in the future, but in today's terms it makes no sense to base the minimum age to vote after the age of draft registration.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Registering at 18 for the draft is a declaration of patriotism. [P2] Voting is an act of patriotism.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Registering for the draft is not a declaration of patriotism. [Rejecting P2] Voting is a right, not an act of patriotism.

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