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Should the legal voting age in the USA be lowered to 16 provided that the voter is attending school?
Younger people are not capable of voting and therefore, do not deserve the right to vote.
While every human matures at a different rate, at 16, most do not yet consider the long-term ramifications of their actions or how their decisions impact others.
Younger people don't have enough life experience to be able to form complex opinions around politics.
Younger people are more easily manipulated by peers, teachers and (perhaps most worryingly) parents.
Rights are not based on ability. They are based on the individual being an individual.
Most 16-year-olds can read and check boxes or communicate which boxes they want checked.
Teachers could help younger people learn to register to vote and how to find and study manifestos and certain parties' political platforms making it more likely these people will make informed voting choices in the future
The age of 16, however, is often considered an appropriate threshold age for considering someone "
capable of voting.
Essentially all arguments against allowing 16-year-olds to
apply with equal force to a majority of the voting-age public. Voters are overwhelmingly ignorant on topics of politics, economics, and science, yet they are allowed to cast ballots that affect all of these things.
Young people have the right to make decisions about policies that affect them directly; for example, gun violence in schools or education policy.