Should The Voting Age Be Lowered? Essay

1664 Words May 12th, 2016 null Page
Should the voting age be lowered to 16 years old or stay at 18 years old? There is a movement in progress currently that is attempting to get the voting age lowered from age 18 to age 16. They are a group who call themselves “Generation Citizens” and have named this movement “VOTE16USA”. They argue that in most states 16 and 17 year olds can drive independently, attain a job, pay taxes and even be tried as an adult in a court of law; therefore, why should they be subjected to wait two more years before they are given the privilege to vote? The Generation Citizens wrote a paper that presents their arguments in an attempt to gain more support. In the paper they list all of their reasons that they believe justify the voting age being lowered to 16 years old. These reasons include: how it can increase the demand for more advanced civic education in the school systems, how it can strengthen the democracy by increasing the ballet vote, how 16 and 17 year olds deserve to vote in relation to all the other rights they already possess, and how they found credible research that reveals how the cognitive ability of 16 and 17 year olds is more than adequately developed for them to be mature and capable enough to vote (Alcindor, 2015).
However, there is always another side to any argument, and in this case it is one that does not want the voting age to be lowered to 16. This group of people believe that the voting age should remain at 18. These citizens argue that 16 and 17 year olds are…

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