In 1970, the president at the time Richard Nixon signed an extension of the voting rights act of 1965 that required the voting age to be lowered from 21-18 in all federal states and local elections. Since then the voting age hasn’t changed. Today many people are voting for the voting age to be lowered from 18-16. I support the fact that 16-year olds should vote because I believe that young teen’s voices matter. Many teens get their voices heard in the wake of the mass shooting at school. From my perspective, I believe that if teens could get their voices heard about something tragic and important like that, then they should get their voices heard by other important things around the world.¨ One way that they can do that if they are allowed to vote¨.
One reason why 16- year olds should vote is that they will be the ones who are most affected by our decisions today. Also if they are allowed to have a driver’s license at 16 they should be allowed to vote. According to the article by Newsela, “ whether they’re contributing to society or being held accountable by society, they should be able to vote” As a result, the money that we give to the government isn’t important unless we have the power to decide who to invest in and we can only have that power by being able to vote.
Another reason why 16- year olds should vote is that if they are mature enough to pay taxes and that is important because it requires a lot of responsibility. Around 40 percent of teen are working part time jobs or full time. Being able to get a job and do amazing at it takes a lot of responsibility and self-dicpline. Doing taxes can be complicated and takes a lot of work but if you know how to then it will be easy. Being responsible means honoring our commitment and if teen can do that then they should have the right to vote.
According to David de la Fuente” Voting is a habit, so it seems like a no-brainer to let people start voting at a younger age”. Many might argue that teens don’t know anything or enough about making decisions and a lot of things including governing the United States. I disagree because many teens know a lot about the consequences that are happening in this country, but they can’t say anything because they don’t have the power to.
Finally, it’s important to lower the voting age because, if 16-year-olds can go to the military, have a job, and drive a car then I believe they should have a right to vote. Voting is not just about choosing who the president will be, it’s about our future. Teens have great ideas. These ideas should be heard because we understand the world better than adults today do. The voting age should be lowered because teens today will be adults tomorrow and our future counts on the decisions we make today.
Sources: https://newsela.com/read/midterms-voting-age-16/id/46968/?collection_id=339, https://newsela.com/read/opinion-voting-age-16/id/50567/?collection_id=339Tags: Berkeley High School voting age