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    (Original post by JustCallMeKate)
    lol, I clearly can't help myself. Still, I think simply copying and pasting the same answer I've given to everyone would save me some trouble :p:
    Haha I think I know what you mean- I'm officially giving up on this thread so if anyone quotes me and takes issue with what I've said while also repeating the same reasons for being against extending the vote, I'm relying on you Kate to simply copy and paste my answers from previous responses haha...
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    (Original post by dannymccs)
    Haha I think I know what you mean- I'm officially giving up on this thread so if anyone quotes me and takes issue with what I've said while also repeating the same reasons for being against extending the vote, I'm relying on you Kate to simply copy and paste my answers from previous responses haha...
    Lol consider it done. There doesn't seem to be much of a point in rephrasing the same four or five arguments each time... Plus, it could be pretty amusing.
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    When we're 18 and legally an adult, then we should be able to vote.
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    (Original post by JustCallMeKate)
    At sixteen you are legally able to leave school and go into full-time work, therefore paying income tax. You are also allowed to join the army, get married and have a kid. That's why people think you should also be allowed to vote at sixteen. Fifteen year olds can't do any of the above mentioned things and so they most certainly couldn't use 'the same argument'.
    Nope - but they could also argue that they are just as mature as most 16 year olds. See my point of view.

    Also, you cannot join the army at 16 without parental permission! You are still tied by the will of your parents and therefore, subject to their reasoning and desires. If you cannot make decisions freely then you can be influenced and shouldn't be allowed to vote.

    Furthermore what does marriage have to do with emancipation? You can't compare marriage and voting as they are not alike.

    In my opinion (The OPs opinion), the vote is best left at 18.
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    Somewhat controversially for someone of my political persuasion (left wing, basically socialist), I'm so deeply unimpressed with how many people seem to treat the vote anyway that widening it at 16 seems like additional torture.

    The vote is an immensely powerful instrument in the modern world and I often think, genuinely, that simply being born a citizen is not suitable enough a qualification, let alone reaching 16 as opposed to 18. I know that sounds pretty off the wall and more hard right than left, but I'm now so profoundly fed up with things in this country that I'm more than prepared to look at radical solutions.

    The country is suffering from an acute case of democratic poisoning.
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    (Original post by Longorefisher)
    Nope - but they could also argue that they are just as mature as most 16 year olds. See my point of view.

    Also, you cannot join the army at 16 without parental permission! You are still tied by the will of your parents and therefore, subject to their reasoning and desires. If you cannot make decisions freely then you can be influenced and shouldn't be allowed to vote.

    Furthermore what does marriage have to do with emancipation? You can't compare marriage and voting as they are not alike.

    In my opinion (The OPs opinion), the vote is best left at 18.
    I wasn't arguing the point of maturity, I think it's too subjective and differences in maturity are only really apparent when you compare decades opposed to years apart.

    I'm aware you need parental permission, but if you are able to fight and die for your country, I think its fair you should have a say in which government sends you to fight. I also think that if you are capable of making the decision to join the army, the decision of which party to vote for somewhat pales in comparison.

    The idea that if you are able to be influenced, you shouldn't be able to vote is ridiculous. You don't stop having parents when you're eighteen. You don't stop having friends and family either. Why would parties invest millions of pounds in advertising if people could be influenced by things around them? Certain backgrounds are Conservative-dominated or Labour-dominated, certain newspapers are blatantly left- or right-wing. Surely voters should be prohibited from voting if they are from these areas, are exposed to the media or even know anyone with an obvious political leaning by your argument?

    I'm aware marriage and voting aren't similar. My point was that deciding who you want to be legally tied to for (in theory if not practice) the rest of your life is as great a decision as marking a box on a ballot paper. If at sixteen you are deemed responsible enough to make these life-changing decisions, why not be allowed to vote?
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    I think that 16 year olds should have the vote but the problem is are they mature enough to have a say on the future on the country...I'm 16 and I follow the news and everything and I'm going into politics and it is quite a debated subject...also if for example a 16 year old is allowed to join the Army then surely they should be allowed to vote! Then again it is all about the maturity but then whats the diference between some 18 year olds and 16 year olds apart from two years....it's a tricky one but i think it should be permitted!!!
 
 
 
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