Should sixteen year olds be allowed to vote essay
Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote
I'm sure many people my age could use their vote in a responsible way, but as there is no way to gauge this, everyone should be denied a vote until they are 18.
I suspect that the reason why 16 year olds may get the vote has little to do with their rights.
If 16-year old's are allowed work, they should be allowed to vote
The reason many don't vote now is because at 18 they feel their vote is wasted, probably because they don't understand the process properly.
I see nothing wrong with giving 16 year olds voting rights, but it seems fairer to say that anyone who pays tax can vote.
Of course children shouldn't get the vote.
Should 12 year olds be allowed to vote because of school policies, ..
But we continually return to the question of maturity. With so much at stake can we risk jeopardising elections to people who will not take them seriously or who will simply give their parents another vote? Proponents argue that such individuals would simply not vote at all but at least the option was given which reflects a better relationship with young people and the opportunity to give those who want to express their opinion a voice. But in a situation where majority matters, is this a gamble we can take? Yes, some 16 year olds could make an educated vote but it is impossible to ensure that the votes of other 16-17 year olds are not misused. Research suggests that the area of the brain related to judgement does not fully develop till at least 19 which questions the ability of young people to vote. It would not be possible to determine each individual’s ability to vote before deciding if they should be allowed to do so, so ultimately deciding this by age is the only option despite its obvious flaws.