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The Voting Age Should Be Lowered to 16.

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The Voting Age Should Be Lowered to 16 Why is it that we can work, join the army and get married by the age of 16, but we can't vote at 16? What is it about electing a political representative that's so much more important then choosing a husband or sending yourself off to potential death? The voting age was lowered to 18 nearly 30 years ago, and many people now believe this out of date law is in desperate need of another revision. The most ancient of arguments "No taxation without representation" is still relevant today. If you work at sixteen, whether it's flipping burgers in McDonald's, a modern apprenticeship or holding down a Saturday job, taxes are still being taken out of your hard earned wages. ...read more.

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Those against may use statistics to dispute this argument, citing poor voting turnout among 18-24 year olds and little understanding by 16 years olds of basic government functions. Others claim that those under 18 are immature, easily manipulated, uninterested and uniformed on political issues. But considering what goes on in government legislatures and city council meetings - those circus rings with predominately older white men yelling and making accusations at each other- it's hard to take these arguments seriously. At 16 many students are learning about history, government and economics. With new sophisticated school curricula as well as the internet, teens are growing in independence, aptitude and intellect. ...read more.

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Our society has changed, and teens now have to deal with many adult responsibilities. Many teens read the paper and watch the news just like adults. We know what's going on politically and have opinions. Why must someone under 18 take on the responsibilities and there consequences as an adult without having the right to vote like one? The UN convention for the rights of the child says that all 'All young people have the right to express our opinions by whatever means available.' Therefore shouldn't we be allowed to express ourselves through voting for our choice of political party? 16 year olds are affected by many of the laws made today and we have definitely earned the right to have our say in enacting them. Katie Taylor 11H 28/04/2007 ...read more.

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