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Should the voting age be lowered
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Rooney
post Mar 8 2015, 02:13 PM
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So with the general election beginning to get in to swing, one of the usual questions that pops up is the voting age. Right now in the UK you have to be 18 to legally vote, however some parties believe this should be lowered to 16.

But what do you think?

I see both sides of the argument. Firstly we certainly need to encourage more young people to vote, however I'm not sure lowering the voting age is the correct way to do this, mainly because I believe 16 is too young.
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post Mar 8 2015, 02:45 PM
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No because the majority of people that are 16-17 aren't fully aware of many policies that they will be voting for ie they only focus on a couple or so.

It's better off engaging that age group first and preparing them, ready for vote.
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post Mar 8 2015, 03:03 PM
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I'd personally say no as I do think it's a tad too young (however condescending that sounds! ). You reach adulthood at 18 and that should be kept as a privilege for that transition as it's quite an 'adult' decision.
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post Mar 8 2015, 03:08 PM
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No, I feel that most high-schoolers are not equipped with enough knowledge about politics to make a proper judgement of all of the candidates.
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post Mar 8 2015, 05:34 PM
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I'd argue that vast majority of the electorate are not equipped with enough knowledge about politics to make a proper judgement of all of the candidates laugh.gif

So the more the merrier ~ besides unless they put ballot boxes in schools it's doubtful the turnout would exceed 30% tbh
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post Mar 9 2015, 12:57 AM
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If it's done anything like the Referendum was then it would be worth it. Lowering the franchise in September was a good call and I am thrilled that the power of Franchise for Holyrood elections is being handed over in time for the 2016 vote.
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post Mar 9 2015, 11:27 AM
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I'd say Yes.

Though lots of 16 - 18 year olds may not know much about politics, they generally won't vote anyway. Politics effect people of all ages, so those 16/17 year olds who want a voice should be able to vote in my opinion, even if loads of them just vote for what their parents vote for - that's a habbit many people never grow out of anyway.
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