(Original post by Aquar)
I'm 16 and I will strongly say NO. I would hate to think that the imbeciles I share a classroom with for 6 hours a day were allowed to vote, those of them that can read, anyway.
(Original post by internetguru)
I remember on some BBC programme they said "if you are old enough to die for your country then you are old enough to vote". People are allowed to join the army at 16 therefore yes it should be lowered.
Yeah but you're not allowed to serve in a war until you're 18.
If you lowered it to 16, does it mean people would vote? Maybe wome would, and that's a good thing, engaging people in the political system early makes it easier for them to understand. A lot of people come 18 get the same stereotypical beliefs about parties and government.
Peoples opinions and beliefs change at 16, 18 but don't views change over a lifetime anyway? Learning about politics should be part of teenagers education, if people understand it more, they are more likely to vote and engage in the democracy we live in. Some people think, "politics doesn't matter, I can't vote until I'm 18" well it immediately puts people off. Some people they don't get to vote in a general election until they are 22/23 because elections fall at the wrong time. I'll not have a change to vote until I'm almost 23 as I was 18 6 months after the last election. Everyone should surely have voted or be given the chance in a general election by the time they reach 21, having a say even if a vote won't change anything is something.
If you want people interested in politics, turnouts up then engage people earlier and people a chance to vote at 16.
I know that when I was 16 I wasn't well informed when it came to politics. However, now, being a month off 18, I can say I do have a good understanding of politics (probably to do with the fact we have to take compulsory Citizenship, and I have also taken a great interest in politics outside of the classroom).
I feel at 16, you haven't had enough experience of the real world in order to make such decisions. There are going to be exceptions to the rule, but on the whole, I don't think a 16 year old is ready to make that decision.
I think that before we address the voting age we need to have some sort of compulsory political education happening in schools as a lot of people get to voting age and still don't know what they're voting for, or the technicalities of it. I also think this sort of education would see an increase in voter turnout as people would be more informed and as a result perhaps more inclined to vote. But thats just my opinion.
Absolutely not. What a 16-year-old thinks about politics is about as relevant and useful as what a donkey thinks about astrophysics. Half of them will either try and vote for Britney Spears or the S Club 7, and the other half will be brainwashed by socialists into voting for them without even thinking about it.