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    What could possibly go wrong with adding more voters with unformed brains?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertine View Post
    You don't have to be an adult to drive or fish.
    ...or to drink alcohol or have sex, for that matter.

    Don't ask me how I know this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    Washington, D.C. may lower the voting age for federal and local elections to 16. The legislation was introduced last Tuesday by D.C. council member Charles Allen (D-Ward 6), who said he was inspired by the high schoolers that came to D.C. to protest at the March for our lives.

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    Some are making the argument that other states should follow suit.

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    What do you think?
    I'd like to see it. 16-year-olds tend to be pretty damned bright -- not quite up to where people are, in terms of IQ, in their 20s, but certainly better than where people tend to be later in life, once their minds decline. Plus, they're pretty well informed -- not as well informed as engaged adults, but more so than average adults, since they haven't had the luxury of shutting down the learning process for decades the way your typical adult does. I'd trust a typical 16-year-old over a typical 60-year-old in a heartbeat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    I'd like to see it. 16-year-olds tend to be pretty damned bright -- not quite up to where people are, in terms of IQ, in their 20s, but certainly better than where people tend to be later in life, once their minds decline. Plus, they're pretty well informed -- not as well informed as engaged adults, but more so than average adults, since they haven't had the luxury of shutting down the learning process for decades the way your typical adult does. I'd trust a typical 16-year-old over a typical 60-year-old in a heartbeat.
    Under that reasoning, we should be electing 16 year olds to political office and grounding 60 year olds.

    (As the mother of a 16 year old, I can't co-sign this suggestion.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkady View Post
    I'd like to see it. 16-year-olds tend to be pretty damned bright -- not quite up to where people are, in terms of IQ, in their 20s, but certainly better than where people tend to be later in life, once their minds decline. Plus, they're pretty well informed -- not as well informed as engaged adults, but more so than average adults, since they haven't had the luxury of shutting down the learning process for decades the way your typical adult does. I'd trust a typical 16-year-old over a typical 60-year-old in a heartbeat.

    I don't really have a problem with it. Most of them wouldn't vote anyway, and those who did would likely be the most informed among their peers. Hell, I know plenty of people in their 20s who are too immature to be considered adults.

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    I feel it should be linked to the age for military service. If one is old enough to fight for one's country, then one should have the right to vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blues63 View Post
    I feel it should be linked to the age for military service. If one is old enough to fight for one's country, then one should have the right to vote.

    That's where we stand today, but prior to 1971 (I think) 21 was the legal voting age in the US.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NightSwimmer View Post
    That's where we stand today, but prior to 1971 (I think) 21 was the legal voting age in the US.
    In Australia, the age for eligibility for military service is 17, but an individual cannot vote until 18.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNVolunteer73 View Post
    ... example they are in Combat areas 2 years they should be granted 2 years of exemption in federal taxes for 2 years of their choice.
    I would not say "2 years of their choice," but rather the years they were in the combat zone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orangecat View Post
    Raise it. Along with the drinking age, the draft age, and the gun purchasing age.
    I'm ok with leaving the voting age at 18, a year or so makes little difference. The drinking age should be 18 (even military members in states with a drinking/buying age of 21 are allowed to drink on base at 18, the draft age should remain at 18 but be changed to a lottery with severely limited waivers, and the age to purchase weapons of mass destruction be raised to 21 and require complete background checks, including mental and criminal.

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    It's a step in the right direction. Kids aren't maturing as quickly as previous generations did.
    The behavior, intelligence, and dignity displayed by the Stoneman Douglas students shot that theory to hell. They showed more maturity than 40% of this forum.

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