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    I would prefer if it's kept to the minimum age of 18 at the very least.
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    No they shouldn't be allowed, they're too easily influenced (I know that doesn't mean everyone 18+ isn't, but less so than under 18s) and it would be nicer if people had a bit more ''life experience'' before being given the opportunity - e.g. you aren't gonna get a lot of 16 yos that have been into the world of work.

    I know that also applies for 18+ year olds, but less so.

    Though I have to say, since the SNP got 16 yr olds the vote for the Scottish independence referendum, it's certainly created a problem
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    (Original post by Daniel9998)
    No. 18 is fine. I dont want thousands of wannabe pikey little shits voting, who the majority have no idea what they are talking about
    This applies to the majority of 18 year olds too lol


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    people have to stay in school until 18, so no, not 16.
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    Yes I do believe 16 year olds should be able to vote. You can say that a lot of 16 year olds are uninformed but the same holds true for 18 year olds, 25 year olds, 40 year olds and so on. There is no age where all knowledge is just suddenly bestowed on you. I feel 16 is mature enough to understand the implications and significance of politics, and it is the age when one can pay tax and NI, join the army etc. so it is a reasonable age to choose. I do think that it is unfair that decisions which directly impact young people are made without their input whatsoever. I do not agree with the disenfranchisement of British young people.
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    (Original post by ivybridge)
    They should not be allowed* to vote.
    You beat me to it! :ahee:
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    16 year olds are idiots...we have enough of those running the country as it is so why give more of them influence?
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    (Original post by thermometer)
    Totally agree with this; I think there are pros and cons because inevitably there will be many 16 year olds who vote randomly for a laugh or just go with what their friends vote for, but 16 year olds generally care about their future whereas wealthy old folks often vote very selfishly without a thought for the younger generations.
    but because 16 year olds can also be misinformed, I'm okay with 18 as well I suppose.
    But old people can equally be misinformed. What was it they used to say about the average Glasgow labour voter - stick a red rosette on a monkey and they'd vote for it. And this was I think a fair assessment until the referendum and suddenly Scotland was very politically aware and the red rosettes have and continue to get kicked to the verge.

    Someone else said about young people being influenced by their parents and teachers - well first point - it is more than any teachers job is worth than to express political preference. The second, is REALLY! How the hell, do you think over 18s are influenced - by MSM (govt propaganda machine - British ******** Company, Rupert Murdoch and other right wing Tory party affiliated media moguls doh!
    Maybe a vote by IQ is the way forward in England. Thank god Scotland is more enlightened! .
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    Definitely not.

    Most young people, politically incorrect though saying this might be, share that annoying idealism verging on naivety. Many of them know little (if anything!) of Economics and think revolutions are the cure to all evils and that imposing a wealth tax will solve the world's inequality at a stroke. Political (and economic) analphabetism results in gullibility; makes you the perfect prey for populism.

    Besides, most of the things that are included in parties' electoral programmes can only be accurately judged (according to one's convictions) if the subject has experienced them. The vast majority of young people have never worked, never been unemployed, never paid taxes. If a hike in taxes was menacing to drain their own paying pockets, I am sure they would give tax increases a second thought.

    The strongest argument in favour of youngsters voting is that political parties might undermine their interests when setting policies as they don't constitute their constituency yet. While I believe this to be possible (although not as exaggerately as some claim; no party can possibly be interested in "exploiting" its potential future cohort of voters), it doesn't apply to 16/17-year-olds. By the time they are directly affected by (some) government measures, they will have already reached current voting age.
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    if a 16 year old can sleep with their MP
    then why cant they vote for them.....
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    I think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote, but only because of all the other stuff they are allowed to do. At 16 you can leave school, move out, get married, start a family and get a job. I mean, you can join the Army at 16. How is it that 16 year olds are allowed to fight for their country but not have a say in how it's run?
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    I believe that the most important aspect of this is education. People state that 16 year olds are uninformed, but so are older people. The amount of adults that do not know who certain cabinet ministers is staggering. A large amount don't know who the foreign secretary is. So, I believe that the main problem is education and that people aren't taught about the issues that matter.
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    Well they certainly seem loud and should definitely not be allowed to vote.
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    No.

    Some make the 'they can work, pay tax, have kids etc' argument.

    I still think 18 is the right age.
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    Many 16 year olds now have part time jobs, decisions that are voted on are going to affect them a lot longer than any adult. I know because I am 16 that we all think we are very mature and we are wrong but there are far more of us than anyone realises that actually care about politics. Also it worked in the Scottish referendum so why shouldn't we be allowed.
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    (Original post by Alphaxavier)
    I would like to propose a debate. The question being:

    "Should people in the UK over the age of 16 be allowed to vote in all UK elections and referendums?"

    All age groups are welcome to comment.
    Tbh, most adults shouldn't be allowed to vote, let alone 16 year olds.

    Call me bigoted if you must, but I personally think that no one with an IQ lower than 120 should be allowed to vote or run for elections. Stupid people have caused far too much damage already and I feel that this is one of the few ways we can prevent the imminent disasters predicted by the five basic laws of human stupidity.

    Now you may say that IQ isn't the only test of intelligence but I must refute you on that. "Emotional intelligence" means jack. Since the definition of intelligence according to the Oxford English Dictionary is: "the ability to acquire and apply knowledge and skills," EQ doesn't apply. Only IQ is a true test of this trait. EQ exists only because high IQ doesn't always produce success and psychologists wanted to find a reason for this. The reason is simple, success requires both intelligence *and* people skills. EQ just measures people skills.

    http://harmful.cat-v.org/people/basi...man-stupidity/
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    (Original post by Alphaxavier)
    I would like to propose a debate. The question being:

    "Should people in the UK over the age of 16 be allowed to vote in all UK elections and referendums?"

    All age groups are welcome to comment.
    No, as the majority of them have not had a good enough introduction to politics. As a result, teachers will take advantage of them to influence their student's vote. My teachers have already tried to make me support the socialist workers, labour and the greens. I just stuck some UKIP posters on their wall to let them know
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    (Original post by lameteenager)
    I think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote, but only because of all the other stuff they are allowed to do. At 16 you can leave school, move out, get married, start a family and get a job. I mean, you can join the Army at 16. How is it that 16 year olds are allowed to fight for their country but not have a say in how it's run?
    You can only get married or join the army at 16 with a parent's permission. You cannot be deployed anywhere 'to fight for your country' until you're 18. Let's stop using that as an argument shall we?

    Whatever age is chosen it's going to be an arbitrary number which some people won't like. Why can we drive at 17 but only buy alcohol at 18 etc.

    Many people thought the SNP reduced the voting age in the independence referendum so more 16-17 year olds would vote for them - it obviously didn't work for that vote but started a trend towards younger voting.
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    (Original post by balanced)
    No, as the majority of them have not had a good enough introduction to politics. As a result, teachers will take advantage of them to influence their student's vote. My teachers have already tried to make me support the socialist workers, labour and the greens. I just stuck some UKIP posters on their wall to let them know
    Well then that teacher should be reported and dealt with to stop them trying to influence their pupils politically.
 
 
 
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