View Poll Results: Do you think the voting age should be lowered to 16?

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  • Yes, generally people of that age are old enough to vote.

    3 6.98%
  • Yes, people can be given that responsibility, but only on a local level.

    1 2.33%
  • Yes, but only in matters directly pertinent to them such as referenda.

    1 2.33%
  • No, I believe that 18 is the lower boudary for voting age.

    28 65.12%
  • Other (please elaborate)

    10 23.26%
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    Lower the Voting Age?

    Some European countries have brought up the idea of lowering the voting age to 16, some, like Austria, have even already passed such a law.

    Are you in favour of lowering the voting age to 16? Why/ Why not? Do you think it makes a difference which type of election is concerned, i.e. local/national elections/referenda, or does it maybe even depend on the issues concerned? Etc.

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    Sometimes I think 18 years is not old enough.

    It would be great if there were a test people had to pass before they were permitted to vote or pro-create.
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    Depending on the individual, 16, may or may not be old enough.

    Sometimes, instead of concern over voting, I think concerns should be more with the person running. ( Not intended to everyone ) but it seems we know little of these candidates until time to run for office, US president speaking anyways, like Obama for example, I never heard of him until election time. I am supposed to vote for these men? Put the power into the hands of someone who I know nothing of except for his flying promises of doing this and that for us. ( Not just Obama but any of them)

    Shouldn't they prove more of them selves to us? Such as, if you are planning to run for president, they should have become well known for years now, the moves they make, the ideas and views they have, the media should supply us with such things, as they do with Celebrity Gossip.

    It sad that I know more about Brittney Spears than the President.

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    I said other

    This is one of those awkward ones where it all depends on the individual some will be able to make an informed judgement at a young age maybe even 13, 14 where as others should never be allowed to vote no matter how old they become. Of course this does not fit very well with the idea of a democracy, the reason that the government wants to lower the voting age is to get the turnout percent up, I doubt it will work however as most young people are not interested in such things, if they were then sites like this would be much more heavily subscribed.

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    I think it should be raised. I don't know what it has traditionally been in Europe, but in the US it used to be 21.

    The world is a lot more complex than in past times, and people mature later in life do to needing to stay in school (and live with parents) until a later age.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SwordOfTheVistula View Post
    I think it should be raised. I don't know what it has traditionally been in Europe, but in the US it used to be 21.
    It used to be 23 untill 1965 and was lowered from 21 to 18 in 1971 here in the Netherlands. Actually I do think that the voting age (both to elect and to be elected) should raised to 23 or 25. As should the right to get a driver's license. Because one's brain actually only stops developing at the age 27 and judged by the way in which many 18 year olds act or think about driving, drinking, smoking or politics that they aren't mature enough to take political decisions yet or get a driving license. It requires thinking instead of acting on impulse (and the younger drivers are the most reckless- and no doubt so are young voters- for instance: I used to be, for pete's sake, a commie at that age.)

    Quote Originally Posted by SwordOfTheVistula View Post
    The world is a lot more complex than in past times, and people mature later in life do to needing to stay in school (and live with parents) until a later age.
    Agreed.. so I think that they should be given the chance to mature in steps rather then rushing it, like society is doing now.

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    I say no because I don't believe in the voting process and personally don't wish to partake in it. Regardless of the ages of voting I think Democracy is a gigantic failure.
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    At no age is universal suffrage going to work well. May as well lower it to 6, the results won't be any different.

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    I think the voting age should be raised to at least 30 or perhaps even 40. And no one receiving welfare or social security benefits should be allowed to vote regardless of age. They tend to vote for politicians who promise more goodies at the expense of people who pay taxes.

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    There should be a minimum IQ level required to vote. We don't let 10 year old children vote, but we let adults with the mentality of a ten year old vote.

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