Should the voting age be lowered?
Yes, the voting age should be lowered, to 14. By Jordan H.
The voting age should be lowered because... (Reason #1)
Youth have to pay taxes , so why can't they vote? They have to pay millions of taxes every year! Without all that money, they have to work really, really hard to earn enough money to support themselves, sometimes a car, and maybe even a house. Since after working most youth will be so tired they will not have much time to study, and could fail school. If they could vote they would try to vote for somebody who could lower the taxes a little bit so wouldn't have to work as hard.
In addition to taxes, youth have to follow unfair laws, like that they can't vote. In 1991 during her testimony,(she tried to vote too young) 14-year-old Rebecca Tilsen had this to say, " If 14-year-olds are old enough to drink the water polluted by the industries that you regulate, if 14-year-olds are old enough to breath the air ruined by garbage-burners that the government built, if 14-year-olds are old enough to walk on the streets made unsafe by terrible drugs and crime policies, if 14-year-olds are old enough to get sick in a country with the worst public health-care programs in the world, if 14-year-olds are old enough to attend school districts that you under fund, then 14-year-olds are old enough to play a part in making them better."
My final reason is, there is no wrong vote, but youth will still try to vote for who would most likely best represent their future country. A main argument is that, "youth should not vote because they lack the ability to make informed and intelligent decisions." This argument is outrageous because this is not applied to all citizens. Because of this, Frank Zimring had this to say, "the fact is, intelligence or maturity is not the basis upon which the right to vote is granted, if that were the case all voters would need to pass a test before voting. Noting that youth will most likely vote well we must wonder, is it at all possible for a voter to vote wrong? Did voters choose poorly when they elected Clinton in 1996? Republicans would say so. Did voters vote wrong when they elected Bush in 2004? Democrats would say so. If youth were able to vote for either of them, or against them would they be voting wrong? I don't think so. All voters have their own reasons for voting, we may disagree with their reasons, but we must respect their right to make a decision."
The voting age should be lowered for all the reasons above and more : )