For what it's worth, I will say that I'm glad I wasn't able to vote when I was sixteen. Looking back I was totally oblivious to the political process and all my views were parroting whatever my parents would be ranting and raving at the time. Regardless, if lowering the voting age increases
The 26th amendment does not limit younger people's freedom whoever it does hold them from expressing who they think should be president. If the age was lowered to vote, i think many kids would take advantage of their
Ever since the 26th amendment was passed, eighteen year olds were allowed to vote. This new voting age led to this new age group showing less representation than older groups. It was then thought of in the Montgomery County to try and change this, so they lowered the voting age to sixteen. This new way of thinking was brought up to try and bring up the amount of young voters they see less of in elections. I support this new change because it seems like a good idea to let younger people have the chance to voice their opinions. This new change could lead to having more people interested in politics, it could also bring a bigger younger demographic of voters to vote, and it could bring a better representation of the opinions in the county.
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.
If you raise the driving age limit, many of these teens would lose there jobs by being unable to arrive to work. When teens have careers they gain responsibility and money. Why would we want to rob them of these opportunities? These teenagers are contributing to society just as much as any adult currently is. If we raise the driving age, we would loose thousands of hard working young men and women. Along with that, many teens have an occupation driving. Many teenagers receive careers delivering pizzas or chauffeuring the elderly. Teens are contributing to society by
On the other hand, many people who want the voting age to remain the same claim that at age 16 or 17 there’s no burning issues to motivate or interest teenage voters. If the justification for lowering the voting age was to to boost voter turnout there was plenty of other solutions presented in the article. Shin states“Other possible changes include same-day registration, allowing paroled felons to vote, and giving candidates easier access to apartment buildings to campaign.” This only reinforces the importance of young voters to Council members because as stated in the article, “reports from Denmark suggest that younger teenagers are more likely to cast a ballot than slightly older peers.” At such a young age teenagers are taught to take action and strive towards creating a better future for themselves and starting at grassroots level with municipal elections in my opinion is the perfect way to start. Offering that type of responsibility and connection from elected officials to younger teens could get them in the habit of voting and taking action for the rest of their lives. Likewise, if 16 and 17-year-olds are able to get a driver 's permit and take on that much responsibility than they deserve to get a chance to
In today’s society 16 year olds are capable of obtaining a job, earning their learners permit and paying taxes. These are heavy obligations with their own challenges that adults have no problem taking on, so why shouldn’t the younger citizens that are undertaking these responsibilities be able to vote? If they are thought to be responsible enough
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. Based on the arguments that have been debated by other scholars, this paper uses numerous sources to discuss the essay to support the claims. Voting age should be lowered to sixteen because voting is considered a fundamental human right for a democratic society.
When a child turns 18, they open to many more responsibilities than any other teenage birthday. When a child is 18, they are not considered a kid anymore, they are adults. One of the many perks of being 18 is kids can vote and they can enlist in the army. In 1984, President Reagan had signed the National Minimum Drinking Age Act, and this required all states to set the drinking age to 21. If an 18 year old can enlist in the army, and put their life at risk they should be able to drink alcohol at 18. The drinking age should be lowered, because brains are not fully developed yet, colleges should be able to regulate drinking, and this can solve problems with kids underage drinking. Despite the controversy, the drinking age should decrease for many logical reasons.
Clearly, I want the drinking age to be lowered to a younger age. I believe that by lowering the drinking age, there could be less drunk driving, less dangerous environments and less problems with the law enforcement. I honestly, do not see why it is such a huge deal to lower the drinking age. So many teens drink and I can guarantee you, that they would go ahead and sit up a petition on lowering the drinking age. Also if the drinking age is lowered, there might be less teens underage drinking. I say this because what kid is going to have fun following the rules anyways, not a whole
A person should vote because they believe it is their duty as a citizen and because they belief in the process. Many people point out that elders tend to vote more often but I respectfully point out that older people have a habit of dying off at a fairly regular basis.
Sets the age of 18 years as the minimum voting age, and prohibits states and federal government from denying one the right to vote on account of age at or above set minimum. The slogan “Old Enough to Fight, Old Enough to Vote” was largely used, during time of
When turning 18, one will be able to vote in state, local and federal elections. However, the voting age was once 21, not 18. The move to lower the voting age was the final barrier on voting rights. This barrier was rectified by an amendment to the Constitution called the 26th
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). Spillane also states that the reason for this number is not because this age group is lazy, 87% of the group volunteered or donated (Spillane). There has been a drop in the participation of young adults, more specifically college students, in elections but something needs to be done. Voting is one of the ways that we let our representatives know
Imagine your 16 year old self. Would you not want to be voting in elections and make the right decisions towards politics? States in America are already lowering the age when you can vote to 16. Turn out of US voters below 25 at presidential elections fell from 50% in 1972 to 38% in 2012. The Asia-Pacific Economics Blog notes the young demographic is some of the most engaged, and by extending it to a younger age could fuel their passion for many years. The voting age should be lowered to 16 because youth will vote thoroughly, 16 is a better age to start voting, and voting will provide an intrinsic benefit to the lives of young people.