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Should the voting age be lowered to 16 years?

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´╗┐Denis Kirya - CITIZENSHIP Should the voting age be lowered to 16 years? At the present time the legal voting age for the United Kingdom is 18 years old and above except for the people in prison. In a general election, the public vote for participating parties in their local area e.g. Lib Dems, Labour and the Conservatives. The party with the most seats in parliament wins the election however it needs a majority number of seats to take overall control otherwise it must create a coalition with another political party and join seats to gain a majority. The current government is a coalition between the Liberal Democrats and Consvetives. However there are other elections such as the election for mayor of London and European parliament. The right to vote is one of the most important rights for people to have in today?s society. Voting is seen as people begin given the power to choose who represents them. ...read more.


The party also feel some who?s able to work can handle the responsibility of voting in a general election. The L.D also appear to agree with Labour as they feel if some can fight for their country at 16 then should have the right to vote with a shadow of doubt. Nick Clegg the L.D leader feels politics ignores young people and lowering the voting will make politicians listen to young people more and understand their views and opinions better. However the party in power at the moment seems to disagree with lowering the voting age and feel their need to focus on make democracy better than just making more controversial with allowing 16 year olds to vote. The Prime Minister David Cameron, feels lowering the voting age will make elections less reliable than they already are. Conservative MP Dominic Grieve says that the government plans to rise the leaving age for school so lowering the voting age would not make sense and would seem alertly ridiculous. ...read more.


In addition to this being 16 and 18 is no different it just means becoming more independent as a person. Most young people have tried to become productive members of society but have be rejected numerous times and now their being isolated by everyone their being used as scapegoats for high crime rates and lack of jobs. On the other hand arguments against lowering the voting age are just as strong. Most people feel that at 16 someone isn?t ready to vote. In addition to this most young people don?t really understand politics and try to avoid learning about it or being involved in it so letting them vote would be a waste of time. Some feel young people would not even bother to turn up or only vote for the best looking candidate or best dressed not necessary the candidate with the best intentions for young people. In conclusion people feel young people will be manipulated by candidates and made to vote for are candidate who?s not interested in improving their lives. ...read more.

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