Yes, the vote should be given to 16 year olds. Definitely.
Some adults have no clue about politics and have no idea why they're voting for a particular party - I know quite a few sensible 16 year olds who are politically aware, and I think they should be allowed to have a say in how the country is being run. We live in a supposedly democratic society and denying 16 year olds the right to vote is ridiculous. They are citizens of this country, too. Besides, how can you decide that the age of consent should be 16, but the voting age should be 18? If someone is mature enough to be involved in a sexual relationship, they're mature enough to vote.
It should be taken away from anyone under the age of 25, and anyone over the age of 65. Those that are too young are to infantile to be able to make a rational decision, and those too old, well they're just not completely there anymore now are they?
Also exclude those with a criminal record, and those that have not served their country in at least some manner for a minimum period of a year. This can be in the armed forces, teaching, employment in the NHS, Civil Service, local council, etc... Or voluntary work...
I don't think so, because a) you would get loads of 16/17 year olds just voting for a laugh and b) most 16 year olds don't care/know anything about politics.
no because theyre too young and most of them dont even understand politics
i say no, cos when i was in school i was immature and would have voted for BNP anyday, as would most of my mates, yet now im more mature and want to look into what the parties actually stand for before voting when i turn 18.
just would use the vote to screw up society and to rebel aginst those who try to give them informed choices...
Yes, because the immature ****** little 16 year olds won't want to vote, but the ones who are actually quite mature and are able to make an informed decision will want to vote.
If you're paying tax, you should decide where it goes. End.
No. Simple fact is back in the day when they'd have a vote between 'Kenan and Kel' and 'Sabrina the teenage witch' on Nickleodeon - they'd vote for Sabrina the teenage witch... Bloomin' Ridiculous - Kenan and Kel never got a look in.
I don't think it's unreasonable to reserve voting for adults only.
I know people's maturity is not necessarily the same thing as their age, but you have to draw the line somewhere.
I would say so, but now that education will now be compulsory until the age of 18 anyway, then there might be less point (based on the argument that if they can go out to full-time work, then they would be paying tax and therefore should vote for the reason that they could decide what is done with their money).
But... I really feel there is a lack of "political" education anyway. Half the political discussions you hear in the average pub are so cringeworthy I really resent that there isn't a means of everyone gaining more political understanding before the voting age.