In the united states, young adults must be 18-years-old to vote in most government elections teens may be eligible to register to vote as early as 17 in some states the us voting age a teen in the us is able to register to vote in the year that they will turn 18 so even if your teen doesn't turn 18 until. Turnout of the young people 16-18 years is comparable with the total national electorate young people of 16-18 years of age did not vote more radically than the adult population but voted in a similar way 2 promote political participation reducing the age of voter eligibility to 16 will serve as a kick-start in the promotion of. What should the minimum age be for citizens to vote in an election drawing on debates over reducing the voting age in the uk, jan eichhorn writes that while normative arguments and personal stories tend to be given prominence in discussions about lowering the voting age, it is crucial to review the. By lowering the minimum voting age to 18, we will encourage political activity not only in the 18 to 21 year-old age group, but also in the pre-18 year-old group and the federal government should act to reduce the voting act to 18 by statute, rather than by constitutional amendment. Should we lower the voting the age here are ten reasons why it is important and necessary for young people to have a voice in government. The right of citizens of the united states, who are eighteen years of age or older, to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the united states or by any state on mitchell (1970), a deeply divided supreme court held that congress had authority to lower the voting age in federal elections, but lacked power to do so for state. This additional year could encourage more youth to become engaged in their local, state and federal governments and rally for issues they care about if youth became more involved and could vote a full year earlier than current law allows, they would have more of an opportunity to participate and make a. Add to the discussion using the disqus comments section below back in 2004, the electoral commission – the independent body in charge of running and monitoring local and general elections – ran an in-depth study into whether the voting age in britain should be lowered to 16 or kept at 18 their results.
Within the eu [should the eu lower the voting age to sixteen in future elections] rosanna zwolsman the council in which the monarch would discuss important state issues with the most powerful bishops and the government will check the list of voters and if you are not on it, they will investigate it other examples of. Immaturity is not confined to youth, nor insight guaranteed by age entitlement to vote should depend on status as a citizen, old enough to understand the gravity of the decision society has long regarded 16 as a watershed in love, national defence and taxes it's time they had a say in how that society was. Unfortunately, not voting in the first election they are eligible for is likely to make 18-year-olds habitual nonvoters the 26th amendment lowered the national voting age to 18 in 1971 largely to make it the same as the age for military service while a morally sound argument, it is worth revisiting if lowering the age would.
It allows them to get rid of bad governments and makes sure that any government listens to its people, for fear of being thrown out at the next election another issue to consider is whether the same age should be used for all kinds of voting ( eg local elections, state elections, national elections, referenda. If the government affects you, you get to vote that is the fundamental principle of democracy.
Lowering the voting age may be one form of acknowledging the under- representation of young people's voice and rights in society today dr bronwyn wood will chair the discussion 'if young people voted', featuring children's commissioner andrew becroft, rock enrol co-founder laura o'connell. If this argument is true, lowering the voting age would have negative consequences for the quality of democracy while they might vote for the sake of voting, they would not challenge the government to respond to their interests thus austria is the only country in europe that has a voting age of 16 for national elections. Parliament starts debate to reduce voting age to 16, opposition seconds government motion voting age has been at 18 since 1976 updated 9pm- voting age for general elections will be lowered from 18 to 16 under constitutional amendments which started being discussed in parliament on monday. Could lowering the voting age be a method to keep the opinions and concerns of the youth relevant is it necessary to reflect our changing demographics or is such a change unproductive, as the current voting age of 21 already correctly reflects the balance between rights, responsibilities and voting.
However, political parties like the conservatives believe that the voting age should remain at eighteen the main argument against lowering the voting age is that sixteen year olds have little to no life experience to inform them at the ballot box just because they are legally entitled to do it does not by any means indicate that. “since the national voting age was lowered to 18 in 1971, the voting rate among 18-to-24 years old has dropped fairly steadily let's not waste anymore time & lower it heck, it should be lowered to 14-year-old people can age 13: become a teenager age 14: able to vote age 16: able to drive with parent in passenger.
Arguments in favour of lowering the voting age generally focus on showing that 16/17 year olds meet the criteria of question 1, but do not address question 2 based on what it is hard to think of an argument that would show that 16 and 17 year olds do not have a substantial stake in government decisions even if they. Overall, the arguments for lowering the voting age do not stand up to empirical vote the government's 2009 green paper, strengthening australia's democracy, argued that if this exemption were to remain, it would be more consistent to make the right to some state and municipal elections but not for federal elections. In 2009 the government's green paper, strengthening australia's democracy, canvassed a wide range of measures for electoral reform, one of which was to lower the voting age to 16 the paper also raised for discussion the idea of whether voting for 16 and 17 year olds should be compulsory or optional,. Bc premier john horgan seems to like the idea and is working with government house leader mike farnworth to see if the legislation is acceptable vancouver-kingsway ndp mp don davies tabled a private member's bill in 2016, suggesting the voting age should be lowered to 16 at the federal level.