Should 16 years olds be able to vote?

08 Apr

How old should one be before they can vote in a federal or provincial election?  This question arises from time to time.  Our MP, Nathan Cullen, was part of a group of MPs who investigated this issue a few years ago.  Read this article, which provides some background and gives several pros and cons, then comment on this issue.  Do you think the voting age should be lowered?  Why or why not?  Why are many teenagers so apathetic (don’t really care one way or the other) about politics?  Comment on at least one person’s reply this week.

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Posted by on April 8, 2011 in Uncategorized


3 responses to “Should 16 years olds be able to vote?

  1. Jamie

    April 11, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I don’t think that the voting age should be lowered. Not very many teens would go out to vote, they haven’t been shown that it is a right that needs to be earned. Maybe if there was more interest from the 16 and 17 year olds, but I think they should have to prove that they are ready to vote, and that the majority of them would want to vote, which is very unlikely. Teens would need to be educated more about politics, because not very many of them know much about it, like me I don’t know very much about the topic at all. Also not very many teens would go out of their way to learn about politics. Another issue is that teens are influenced by their peers, and the adult figures in their life, many would probably vote for a party just because their parents, or friend is voting for them.

  2. Grady

    April 11, 2011 at 7:48 pm

    I believe that 16 year olds should not get the right to vote. 16 year olds are to young to understand politics and how the government truly operates. If the government allowed 16 year olds to vote all they would have to do to secure kids votes would be too promise junk food in schools and recreation parks to be built. High schools would need to install courses that teach kids about politics. Kids already have enough courses so therefor I think it’s a bad idea.

    I understand the fact that teen’s see more of these factors of politics now that new devices are around, but 16 year olds are still to young. When kids are at a younger age they really just “follow the leader” and don’t make there own decisions. In other word’s 16 year olds are more swayed then 18 year olds. I believe the government has the voting age at the right age level.

  3. Sreven

    April 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

    I think that lowering the legal age of voting would be a bad idea because I don’t think people my age know much about political issues. I think that if the government wants to get the voting percentage up so badly they should follow Australia’s example and make it mandatory to vote. By doing this people who are young would still have time to learn about what political party they like the most and hat their stand is while still having a higher turnout for voters. Some reasons that make me believe that 16 year olds shouldn’t be allowed to vote are that their vote could be influenced by their parents, they don’t have adequate knowledge about how the party there are voting for will affect the country, and last lowering the voting age would likely lower the voting turnout like it did when they lowered the age to 18.

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