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    (Original post by otester)
    No one should, restore absolute monarchy.
    omg such a troll, nevermind this made me laugh so much Sir.
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    Not with that spelling they shouldn't. Been listening to too much Girl Aloud it seems.
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    (Original post by Ladymusiclover)
    Not with that spelling they shouldn't. Been listening to too much Girl Aloud it seems.
    I don't understand the joke, please explain


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    You can't keep lowering the voting age endlessly. At some point you'll have to admit you have a secret fear of letting too many 'inexperienced', 'naive' or if you cut out the sugar coating, unreasonable voters into the system. We put that arbitary line of intelligence at 18 years, the Ancient Greeks at being a native male landowner. I think adulthood is the least arbitary choice of line.
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    Yes, I think they should be allowed to vote. There's a worry that they might be uninformed or hold immature opinions but in my experience that's a worry with voters over 18 too.
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    (Original post by Sacred Ground)
    I don't understand the joke, please explain


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    The OP misspelled the word "allowed" in the title by spelling it as "aloud". The same spelling as the girl group Girls Aloud.
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    (Original post by safhassan)
    omg such a troll, nevermind this made me laugh so much Sir.
    I was being serious, unless you wish to childishly mock me?
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    I'd raise it to exclude anyone in full time education.

    No representation without Taxation!
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    Why not? There are 19 year olds who may vote, as they legally can, who are just as incompetent and uneducated as the 16 year old stereotype. Age doesn't affect ignorance nor intelligence. It should but it doesn't really, does it.

    Teens voting also may raise their political awareness.

    Oblivious teens often grow into oblivious adults. Who are voting.
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    (Original post by High Stakes)
    16 year olds would need to learn to spell first.
    True. But did the O.P. specify his age?
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    I'm not sure 18-year olds should be able to vote, let alone 16-year olds, the most self-absorbed people on Earth.
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    I wouldn't mind either way! I'm 16 next week btw and not too into politics
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    I'm 16 and I completely disagree with majority of the comments in this thread.
    If a 16 year old can leave school, seek full-time employment, be liable for tax and obtain a licence to drive a tractor, why then can they not be entrusted with the civic responsibility of voting?

    As a young person, I believe that my interest in the political world should not be put to rest until I reach the required age to vote for me to only fall through the administrative cracks and forget about my stance on the general election.
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    Lol jk, i'd probably vote for ukip just for the bantz
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    Nope.
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    (Original post by Gryffindorian)
    Why not? There are 19 year olds who may vote, as they legally can, who are just as incompetent and uneducated as the 16 year old stereotype. Age doesn't affect ignorance nor intelligence. It should but it doesn't really, does it.
    Yes it does. I'd expect a four year old to be rather more ignorant about British politics than even the very least informed 40 year old.

    The even more direct correlation is one of age and maturity.
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    (Original post by QuibblerWaffle)
    I'm 16 and I completely disagree with majority of the comments in this thread.
    If a 16 year old can leave school, seek full-time employment, be liable for tax and obtain a licence to drive a tractor, why then can they not be entrusted with the civic responsibility of voting?
    Because all of those things are far less important than voting.

    One could equally say if a 16 year old can't be trusted to buy a can of beer, smoke a cigarette, watch a film that contains a bit of swearing and violence, place a bet on the Grand National or take full responsibility for crimes then why should he or she be given the power to have equal control how their community or country is governed?

    In any case, simply referring to other ages that people can legally do certain things - that are often set pretty much arbitrarily - is hardly an argument.
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    (Original post by otester)
    I was being serious, unless you wish to childishly mock me?
    Serious? you Sir don't belong to the democratic west i give you an invite you to move to dictatorship preferably n.k. or any country with absolute monarchy
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    Some of you guys talk as though the moment a person turns 18 - bam! - they automatically become a really well informed person. Lol.
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    (Original post by safhassan)
    Serious? you Sir don't belong to the democratic west i give you an invite you to move to dictatorship preferably n.k. or any country with absolute monarchy
    I'm a monarchist and I wish to return to absolute monarchy, something that used to exist in the West, before socialism took over and ruined the place.
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    I live in Guernsey and we vote at 16.

    It is great and there is no problem with it- it encourages youngsters to get involved with politics and contribute more to society. We have our own Youth Forum which mimics the States as a kind of 'big minister and little minister' kind of thing, which would not happen if voting was at 18. Voting at 16 allows youngsters to ultimately get involved in politics much more and also have a voice.

    People who complain about 16 year olds not having the right academic ability, or anything like that shouldn't be concerned. Voting at 16 at least makes youngsters aware of political issues and allows them to have a voice. It also means that issues that affect young people are discussed more and have a better outcome as young people are actually listened to.

    I know Guernsey is different as there's no party politics, however I think voting at 16 should be implemented in the UK. It has only benefits, in my opinion.
 
 
 
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