Nic Dakin

Standing up for Local People

Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

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Should 16 year old people be allowed to vote?

 

 

 

 In my opinion 16 year olds should be allowed to vote because politics affects everyone and although some people say that a 16 year old wouldn’t know what’s good for the country neither do some of the adults and in actual fact that isn’t the case as they learn about major political issues at school meaning they have an insight in to what’s happening in our country and actually know more about this than some of the adults who don’t know who to vote for or why they’re voting the way they are.

The decisions that are made today on things such as university fees and higher education as a whole is going to affect the 16/17 year olds much more so than the pensions however the older people get to decide who they want choosing what happens with higher education so why can’t the people who it’s actually going to affect vote?

16 year olds are given responsibilities such as the transition into further education, work or an apprenticeship; the eligibility to pay tax, join the armed forces, get married and have a child. All of these have been brought up in parliament multiple times by the people who were elected by people eligible to vote but will largely affect competent young people, who  the majority of, know what they’re talking about and have formed views on topics that will greatly affect their lives.

This would also make 16 /17 year old people more informed of what is happening in the country because they know it is a big responsibility to vote but I believe they would use that and make an effort to learn more about the different parties views which would make us a smarter society on a whole,but also gives them a view which if they could vote would  give them a say in what happens which could make the country a better place.

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