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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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Responsibilities are really starting

Life is beginning to happen, and this is the perfect age for the concept of civic duty to make an appearance.
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The Argument

At eighteen, the concept of adulthood is starting to be realised. Most young adults are striving towards college, employment, or a family. Eighteen is the perfect time to introduce the idea of voting. It's a great first step into actively becoming a member of society. Voting puts a certain amount of responsibility on one's shoulders. At eighteen, the idea of responsibilities has finally begun to sink in. Choices matter more. The weight and consequences of voting may actually make sense to an eighteen-year old, while they wouldn't to a younger teenager.

Counter arguments

Although adult responsibilities should be beginning at this age, many young adults neglect these responsibilities. Look at college parties and social media. Young adults do not yet fully understand the weight of their decisions.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Eighteen year olds are beginning to understand responsibility. [P2] Voting is a responsibility.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P1] Many 18-year-olds do not comprehend responsibility. [Rejecting P2] Voting is a right, not a responsibility.

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