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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    Lowering the voting age? I´d state the opposite: Raising the voting age. Most of the people around 18 are not able to formulate a proper political concept. Not even their own. If they open their mouth they spit out an unhealthy babble of mixed nonsense.

    Let´s raise the voting age to 21 or 24.

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    16 year olds are generally incapable of knowing the consequences for their actions, therefore it doesn't qualify them to vote. 18 is still too young, but then you have to look at the situation with 18 year-old soldiers going off to war. Do you raise both ages? I'm not sure what age exactly to raise these two ages, but they are definitely too low. I would settle for 21, but even that seems too young.

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    Being 16 not so long ago I do not think lowering the voting age woud be a good idea. There are hardly even enough 18 year old with enough political knoweledge to allow them the vote, however there are enough to make it unfair to take the right off them. I guess the only hope we have is that those without strong opinions and reasons behind them won't care enough to bother turning up to vote.

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    Like several other members, I think the voting age should be higher than it currently is. The age for active suffrage should be around 21, and I'd support even higher standards for passive suffrage (30, 40, maybe even 50). The latter is a bit problematic in our situation, as that would transfer more power to the baby boomers who have caused our culture so much problems. Raising the age would provide us with greater political barriers against such nightmares in the future, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deary View Post
    Wishful thinking about IQ tests for voting,
    Alto it is probaly a good idea to create an extra precondition to aquire votingrights except for reaching a certain age. I don't think that IQ-tests would be a good idea. High-IQ people can sometimes be a bit eccentric. Or maybe have little idea about what is happing on the street, there are exceptions of course.

    Maybe we should relink civil rights with civic duties again (and that means more then just paying taxes).

    although I wouldn't mind seeing manditory government or political science classes available to the public before they could legally register to vote.
    Here in the Netherlands we have something called maatschapijleer that in part is meaned to give youth some basic ground. But such things are usualy highly coloured. If the quality isn't low to begin with.

    I strongly disagree with votes being made public.
    It could indeed be a good thing. Here parties if they want to participate in elections must gather a certain amount of signatures. And everyone can look up who provided their signature. And they must do so every elections even if they gained seats in the last one. That last one was passed as law to help beat down nationalists parties in the early 90's.

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    Yeah, any mandatory political class would just turn into a propaganda indoctrination by whichever government was in power.

    Likewise, trying to get too complicated with the tests would get corrupted. It has to be based on something concrete you can't rig the test for, like race, gender, age, land ownership, military service, income, etc.
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    I don't think it should be lowered or raised, I think people should be tested on if they're intelligent/mature enough to vote and make a good decision. Most people at my school would instantly vote for Obama only because he's black and not look at his ideology.

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    We learnt Nineteenth Century British History at school, and you could feel that the syllabus was set up by people who wanted us to get the impression of ever improving progress in the political system, through the various Reform Acts up to female suffrage. Some of us there in the class were quite taken however by what we heard of the old system - Burgage Boroughs in particular. Lets put things back how they were in the Good Old Days, and leave such matters to those who, as they said back then, "have a stake in the country", in other words male propertyholders over the age of 21!

    Now and then you hear this: "If the Government thinks I'm old enough to get married and have kids, why can't I vote?" Of course though, their bodies and biological urges are hard things to legislate for, and parliamentary suffrage is something we can organise more sensibly. Don't expect to see it any time in the next generation or so, though! It seems that the political establishment is anxious that the burgeoning hordes of young second, third and fourth generation third world immigrants be extended political power as soon as possible...

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    I believe that the vote should be restricted to taxpaying property-owners. Additionally restrict it to Protestant male heads of households. That means ending women's suffrage.:

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