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    Have you been watching bbc 3?

    I think we should be able to vote at 16 as we pay tax to the government at that point, therefore should have a say in where it goes, I think it'd help labour too.
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    Considering some of the people who are allowed to vote at the moment who are adults, I don't see why not.

    Of course there won't be that many 16 year olds that will vote, but I would have had I been able to. I think the government just doesn't want to see the turn-out rates drop.
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    I would support giving the vote to those aged 16 and above.
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    I support this notion!
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    Yes to both. Just because I don't like how they'd vote it doesn't mean they don't deserve the vote.
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    I've been passionate about giving 16 year olds the vote for ages!

    Admittedly, I'm 17 and so it effects me especially but I think it is so naive of people to believe that a certain age means your suddenly mature enough to have a say in who runs our country.

    My mum believes, like the neurologist on BBC3, that it should be 21 and we've had many a debate over this.

    The only plausible solution I've come up with is that everyone, regardless of age, should have to take an exam on British politics in order to earn their right to vote. That way, people couldn't be deemed immature, unconcerned or unintelligent. And people also couldn't say that others voted for the wrong reason, or simply 'because they can'.

    That actor who presented the BBC3 thing was fantastic - it's an issue which really needs to be addressed and she did brilliantly! Noone can say she, or many others, aren't mature enough to decide who has the power to make all our decisions for us.
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    If you can have children, pay tax and die for your country at 16 you should in my opinion have the right to vote.

    You should have the right to vote for policies that will effect your childs education, whether your country goes to war and what your hard earned tax money is spent on.

    Whilst I dont believe that many 16 year olds would actually go out and vote, they should be able to, its the principle of the matter.

    Might also hopefully make younger generations take more of an interest in politics if they know that they dont have to wait until 18 to vote- by which time the interest is probably mostly lost due to being able to drive, drink and many other things before that time. Also, if they are allowed to vote at an age where they have been learning about politics in school, they are more likely to go out and actually vote.
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    Symobically it would be a good thing - people would feel more 'involved'.
    Plus the 'they'd make uninformed choices' argument doesn't stack up.
    Nearly 100,00 over 18s voted BNP at the Euro elections, which says enough.
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    I am for giving 16 year-olds the right to vote because most of them are better educated on politics, as opposed to some middle-aged people who simply vote the party that shouts loudest.

    I also am for giving prisoners the right to vote. Think about it this way: some prisoners may have broken a law that was implemented during X administration. Z administration disagrees with that law, so it makes perfect sense that the prisoners may choose to vote for party Z. Some laws aren't irrevocably correct.
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    Surely if a 16 year old could vote, it would be democratic to allow them to stand as an MP as well.

    This is not a good idea.

    Think of the expenses claims - PS3s, iPods, etc.

    I say this as a 15 year old student - don't give 16 y.o. the vote
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    No.
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    voting should be restricted from mongs, not opening it up to more mongs.
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    What is this BBC3 thing?
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    It should be 16, reasonably.
    What was this show called? I might iPlayer it.
    It wouldn't be in the interests of LabCon to lower the voting age, because 16 year olds are idealistic and tend to vote for smaller parties and not due to tactics. This is why the Libs want to lower the age.
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    How about giving 16-18 year olds half a vote?
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    I think it should remain at 18. At 16 you are not yet an adult.
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    (Original post by robinson999)
    i do think that school should teach the process of politics in this country at school, it be much more useful then some of the stuff learn in PSHS or what ever they call it now
    I completely agree with this. If you stand back and look at the compulsory and optional subjects in compulsory education, it's a bit odd. Physics but not politics?
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    (Original post by JW92)
    What was this show called? I might iPlayer it..
    It was Sixteen: Too Young to Vote?



    I'm not too sure whether it should be lowered. I'm 18 and still don't know a lot about politics. [haven't voted before, even with the chance] However if it was open to 16 year olds you'd be more inclined to find out?
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    If you pay taxes and work at 16 you should have a vote. That simple. Unfortunately it would like mean more votes for socialists but it's still incredibly unfair that people are taxed but cannot vote.

    Being ignorant about politics doesn't stop the majority of adults voting so why should it stop 16-17 year olds?
 
 
 
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