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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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The legal age of an adult is eighteen

If one is considered a legal adult, one should be able to vote.
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Context

The Argument

The age at which one is legally an adult is eighteen. When voting on issues that affect adults, it makes sense that the freedom to have a say should come when the voter is no longer a minor. Adult issues should require an adult voice.

Counter arguments

Many of the policies that people vote for involve teenagers. These youth should be able to have a say in real-life scenarios and propositions that actually have an effect on them, versus being immobilized in the overall decision by people who will never be affected by what they are voting for.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Voting is an adult issue. [P2] Only adults should vote.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Not all issues involving voting revolve around adults. [Rejecting P2] Youth should have a say in issues too.

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