Imagine a country where 16-year-olds can vote.
According to The New York Times, a campaign named Vote16USA is calling for just that, at least for local races.
The group running the campaign, Generation Citizen, says they want to lower the voting age by two years to increase voter turnout after last year's midterm elections hit a 72-year low in voter turnout. And among the young generation that is already allowed to vote, fewer than 20 percent participated, which also set a dismal record for that age group.
Amidst a sea of debate, the group argues that lowering the voting age to 16 would:
1. Create excitement among teens by getting them involved in civics from an early age.
2. Let teens have a say in issues that directly affect them, too.
3. Pressure schools to boost their civics education.
Others have also weighed in, supporting Vote16USA:
1. Nancy Pelosi says "...when kids are in school, they’re so interested, they’re so engaged.”
2. Rutgers University psychology professor Daniel Hart implies that many older voters aren't thoughtful or informed either, so we can't say that 16-year-olds would be worse.
3. Richmond, California youth council member Joseph Jackson, 17, says, “No taxation without representation is what comes to mind.”
But others don't think it's a good idea, believing that 16- and 17-year-olds are more likely to vote liberal. They see it as purely a Democratic Party scheme to increase its number of supporters. Conservative Truth Revolt editor in chief Mark Tapson thinks teens are prone to get sucked in by the political views of liberal pop culture icons.
What do you think about lowering the voting age to 16?