Stepping into a voting booth for a teenager at age 16 or 17 can go either way really. In the article, “Takoma Park 16-year-old savors his history-making moment in the polls” author Annys Shin explains how Ben Miller a 16-year-old who works a part time job and attends high school was part of 350 other 16 and 17-year-olds who were granted the right to vote in municipal elections. Obviously much of the criticism that Takoma City Council received was from the older voters, as they argue that young people barely old enough to drive a car don’t have the experience as well as the perspective to vote. Nevertheless, I believe that even if teenagers at this age are not the most experienced, the City Council should still allow 16 and 17-year olds to vote.
Over time our Constitution of the United States has given us more voting privileges. We’ve allowed most of our population to be able to vote now in 2017. The only people who can’t are people under the age of 18, aren’t registered, or not a citizen. At one point in time only a select group of people were able to.
Specific Purpose: To inform the audience about the lack of participation of college students in elections. Introduction: Attention: According to a MSNBC article entitled The State of Youth Vote in America written by Ashley Spillane written on January 15th 2015, states that 12000 Americans turn 18 everyday, but only 23% of the eligible voters ages 18 to 29 actually participate in elections (Spillane).
However, there are several ways to combat this problem. One way to get more voters to show up at the polls is have election officials mail ballots to all registered voters. This makes it easy for registered voters to select their candidates on their own time. This method to obtain more voters is in place in two states currently, Oregon and Washington. This method has proved effective because “in the 2010 midterm elections, just [Oregon and Washington] exceed 70 percent participation” (Koas).
The debate regarding whether the voting age should be lowered or remain the same has become yet another issue of partisan politics. Those in favor of lowering the voting age tend to lean to the left while those in favor of keeping our current voting age tend to lean to the right. Both sides have valid points to be made no doubt. However, the majority of politicians against lowering the voting age belong to the party of voter suppression, the GOP. For what it's worth, I will say that I'm glad I wasn't able to vote when I was sixteen.
I am writing in response to the article, “Labor will look at dropping voting age to 16, says Bill Shorten” (The Sydney Morning Herald, 31/9/15). I firmly believe that the voting age in Australia should be reduced to 16 years of age. Today’s younger generation are taking on more and more responsibilities therefore making them more than eligible to have their say into who is going to run their country. In today’s society 16 year olds are capable of obtaining a job, earning their learners permit and paying taxes.
Abstract This argumentative essay tries to shade light on whether the voting age should be lowered to sixteen. The paper discusses the reasons for lowering the age of electoral majority of sixteen as well as the opposing views and counterarguments. It also considers numerous arguments that have been raised by both sides of the debate about lowering the voting age to sixteen. The claim that is being presented in this paper is about the political maturity of people aged sixteen years.
In Australia voter turnout doubled, going from “47% prior to the compulsory voting law... [to] voter turnout hover[ing] around 94%-96%” (source 1). Increased voters does mean a more accurate sample size of the population of the country. However, those voters who did not come before are now on equal footing with the men and women who studied and thought about the right candidate for the country. After all, a vote is a vote, and if half the voting population strikes through the first bubble and walks out the door, the first bubble candidate will win unfairly, and clearly not in the true interest of the people.
It’s quite an absurd claim that at 16, we’re still children. At the age of 18, we’re considered to be an “adult”, and yet the real test of adulthood is at 21, where you get full rights to things such as drinking and smoking. People also ignore the fact that we are seemingly supposed to be conscious and plan out what we want to do with our lives at the age of 13-14. Nobody knows adamantly what job they want in the future, nobody knows what their education in school and college will put them through and by the time they’re 16, it’s too late to change what you want to study, we’ll just be wasting years of our lives. We have to decide our future at the age of 14 but vote is a no-no?
Imagine how the world would be in the future if sixteen year olds had the chance to vote. Things would be way more easier for them and others in the long run. Teens will already have that experience of voting early then what it use to be. Sixteen is a better age to introduce voting than the age now 18, 16 year olds are more active and smart. Teens today are competent enough to choose the next leader of their country.
Everyone has the right to vote, but many don’t take that opportunity. In the article “Should Voting Be Mandatory?” Eric Liu tells us that “mandatory voting would prompt more Americans to pay attention to the choices;” people usually never pay attention to their choices, and then complain about it later when everything has already happened. (Par 5). Mandatory voting means that every citizen of the age of 18 and above that has a right to vote must vote.
In the North Carolina the Republican party made rational comments about African American voters, and local board members of the party decided to request a reduce the time limit for polls. Voters need to be on the statewide checklist to vote, if a voter isn’t on the checklist he or she cannot vote, if a student has his or her ID they shouldn’t have problems checking during voting season. As a matter of fact, in Vermont as
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By the term, ‘people,’ I specifically mean 16 year old as well as well as people in jail. The reason why I believe 16 and 17 year should be allowed to vote is because in society people of this age are treated as if they were adults. This is because in many different societies people of this age are treated as if they are adults, this is shown as at this age you the law permits to do many things. For instance, a person of the age 16 and above is allowed to: consent to sexual relationships; give full consent for extensive medical treatment; pay income tax and National Insurance; obtain tax credits and welfare benefits in their own right; leave school and enter work or training; get married or enter a civil partnership; change their name; become a director of a company; join the armed forces and represent your country; become a member of a trade union as well as a co-operative society. Need I go on?
US senate lowers voting age to 18 On March 10th, 1971, U.S senate lowered the voting age to 18. Richard Nixon was the senate who made a law on lowering the voting age to 18. He also made the 26th amendment stating, “The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of age.” Georgia was the first state to lower their voting age. A lot of teenagers started voting after this change was made.