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Children Voting: Should the Minimum Voting Age be Abolished?
Children should be allowed to vote.
Getting children to vote from a young age will make it more likely they will keep voting in the future, which will help to strengthen democracy.
Voting is a right and should be denied to no citizen capable of understanding a ballot and communicating how they wish to fill it.
The decisions made via voting affect children for a longer time than anyone else. Thus, they should have their say.
Those who die young are currently robbed of the ability to affect the government ever in their lifetime. This may lead to issues such as childhood illnesses being undervalued.
Allowing children to vote would increase the weight of families in the political process without violating the principle of one person having only one vote.
Children are directly affected by some state decisions (school system etc.), therefore their opinion on these subjects is valuable.
tend to vote the same
, especially when children are too young to decide for themselves; allowing children the right to vote unfairly favors households with more children.
Politicians can more easily manipulate or 'bribe' children and teens than adults.
Children are not able to make such important and complex election decisions.
Based on the assumption that a significant part of parents will force their children to vote in order to raise them as good democrats, being able to vote will create a burden for many children.
Children have less obligations, therefore they should have less rights.
Extending the vote to young children is logistically too difficult.
Society considers children too immature for a variety of actions that might negatively affect other people or society as a whole. The same goes for voting.
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