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Should the age to vote be reduced to 16?

Yes

Side Score: 24
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No

Side Score: 25
5 points

Yes. We live in a society where young people often have no voice in their own community, and often turn to vandalism, drugs, and crime in order to share their own voice, albeit negatively. We need ways for teenagers to contribute positively to their society; if they are old enough to drive, they should be allowed to vote on state and city measures affecting the road system and their own rights. Why not let them vote on everything else?

The best way to educate the youth for the role within a democracy is to begin young. I think voting rights should be extended to a younger age, 14 or even 12, so the kids can learn to balance their rights with the rights of a society and learn that democracy is more than two arguing sides.

Side: yes
4 points

edit: er, I meant to dispute but I messed up.

The flaw in your argument is that even adults, which have a tremendous burden of electing the members to run this country, still don't educate themselves, and many are apathetic about politics.

In addition, a majority of 16-year-olds (and younger) are not looking to the long term in their life, and most certainly would not look to the long term in politics.

Side: No
MKIced(2510) Disputed
1 point

I know for a fact, being recently 16 and having a 14-year-old brother, that politics is possibly one of the most boring topics around at that age. A young teen is not going to research the candidates and find the best policies for the nation. True, some will (like I did), but the vast majority will not. They will vote for the candidate that they like better of whom their parents told them to vote for- this is not a choice of the voters then, it is an extra vote for someone else or a faulty and uneducated vote. Just look at student council elections! In grammar school and high school, who wins the student council elections? More often than not, it's the popular kids who have no intention of doing anything good for the school, but just want to have that prestige over the rest of the student body.

Side: No
TheoW Disputed
3 points

How far is it true then that many adults also are not interested by politics and also vote with style over substance we see this in the recent UK elections with 400000 people registering to vote on the back of a TV debate?

The case is never that kids who are uninterested have to vote. The vote is optional it merely allows people who have political followings to support the party they believe to be right.

Side: yes
3 points

There may be a lot of teenagers who vote based on superficial thinking, but there are a lot of adults who do the same thing. Maybe not during the presidential elections, but look at state representative elections. There are some adults who vote for senators and representatives based on how many lawn signs they see on the way to the voting booth or other ways like that. Voting isn't mandatory in the U.S., and it shouldn't be viewed in that sense. People should vote only if they have looked at the candidates' policies thoroughly.

Side: yes
2 points

At 16 a person can get married and have children. If we allow them this responsibility, we should also recognise that they are mature enough to vote.

In today’s society 16-year-olds are more mature than ever before and there is no significant gap between an 18-year-old and a 16-year-old’s ability to vote; the distinction is arbitrary.

Many 18-year-olds do not make informed decisions. In fact many 40-year-olds do not make informed decisions and this does not mean we deny them the vote.

16 year olds are mature enough to make important decisions such as voting. Their bodies are fully adult, they have been educated for at least 10 years, and most of them have some experience of work as well as school.

Within limitations, the wider pool of voters we have, the better it is for democracy, as it increases representation.

Side: yes
2 points

They are old enough to take the responsibility to vote.Their body is nearly the same as adult.

Side: yes

The voting age should be just eliminated in general because most voters don't bother voting until 18 or 21 anyway.

Side: yes
0 points

Come on, everybody knows the voting system is a joke.

Letting EVERYONe vote? what a nonsense! Most people have no idea how a car even works, let alone making an acceptable vote.

Side: yes
Tugman(749) Disputed
2 points

You do not realize that there are 5 year olds that can assemble an engine in five minutes. There are 5 year olds that are twice as mature and exponentially smarter than you.

Side: No

Most teens would vote for anyone that promises them that they can stay up late at night, sleep in on mornings, reduce the driving and drinking age, cut back on homework, facilitate teen sex. :)

Side: No
1 point

I would like to emphasize the lowering of the drinking age. With 3 more years of under 21 voters, it won't take long before a crafty politician picks up the "lowering the drinking age" issue to win over young votes.

Side: No
1 point

I really don't think a 16-year-old will look into the policies of a candidate, but would rather vote for the candidate that his or her parents will vote for, vote for the candidate who's more popular in school, or vote for the candidate purely in a superficial way, kind of like the way I choose a team for the Superbowl (which one lives closer. :P But other people base it on uniform color lol).

Side: No
2 points

This was a well thought out argument with no spelling or grammar mistakes that I can see. I would like to know why it was down-voted because this is really starting to bother me and it bothers everybody on this site who puts effort into his or her arguments.

Side: No

Up voted immediately my boy! Yours was a well put and truthful reply to the question yet they still do not bother to look up what constitutes a down vote or an up vote. Maybe because it was Sunday and their team was losing. Who knows, you cannot figure it out no matter how hard you try...and YOU know how hard I've tried!!! Have a great day mate!

Side: No

It was the user "Supremelord"...you can tell by looking at his reward points.

Side: No
1 point

i dont think i would be wanting to vote at 16 and plus with all the drinking smoking and drugs thats just another thing to worry about.

Side: No

As a 16-year-old, I adore politics and love being politically involved. I feel very informed and make sure I stay that way, and I try to impartially judge every aspect of politics. I may be able to credit this to an absentee Republican father and a Swedish mother who can't vote, so I've been raised with almost no political guidance.

However. This is not the case for most 16-year-olds. My homepage may be BBC, but I know far more people with Perez Hilton as their homepage. I do not trust my peers to have such responsibility.

Side: No
1 point

it is dependent on the general maturity level of the population as well as how well-informed are they in the required area. unless they are well-read and updated and able to see things from various perspectives, i don't think at the tender age of 16, they are able to make mature and important decisions yet.

Personally, I don't think youths today are very much equipped with sufficient knowledge to vote on the more crucial subjects like general elections.

Side: It depends

Sixteen years is too young to vote. The age of 18 should not be lowered.

Side: No

I don't see the age of 16 being a very good age for anything other than driving with a junior license. I have nothing against 16 year olds, mind you, but I simply do not believe they have the wherewithal needed to make such a viable and heavy decision.

Side: No

Sorry, I meant drinking, voting, enlisting and stuff like that at 16...not just anything. It was a bad choice of words.

Side: No