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Should 16 year old's be allowed to vote?

Discussion in 'Speaker's Corner' started by ultralaser, Nov 4, 2017.

  1. Kaapstad

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    Never ever want to see this in Europe again.

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    Kids and politics don't mix.
     
  2. StriderX

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    Almost nothing and politics mix, the problem is kids are increasingly going to be looking at the future with nothing but disdain and worry, because someone stole it from them. Yet they have no say.
     
  3. Skunkworks

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    Maybe this thread should be moved to GD for less hysterical/hyperbolic responses.
     
  4. platypus

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    Agreed. Talk about derailing a thread.
     
  5. balky12

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    Not until they start teaching politics to some degree at school.

    As well as economics or at least personal finance... (mortgages/ loans/ interest rates.. etc)
     
  6. Pocah

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    I don't see why not. Most people are probably not qualified to vote. I mean how many people really know what is going on in the world today? There are many millions of arm-chair experts that "think" they know ( and I am probably one too ) but the truth is that very, very few people really know what's what. Simple fact is that you shouldn't have masses of people voting for stuff they don't really understand. Personally I think the entire voting thing is wrong. Democracy doesn't really work when you have 99.99% of the voting population without a clue. All of our current political systems have failed pretty dramatically. What's the answer? Don't know. But I can't see that allowing 16 year old's to vote will make enough difference to sort all the woes of the world out. Until someone comes up with "plan B" then sure, why not?
     
  7. D.P.

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    Presumably you want the same rules to apply to those over 16, so only adults who have taken classes in politics and economics can vote?
     
  8. platypus

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    You could have some sort of citizenship test to make sure people have just enough knowledge of certain subjects.
     
  9. StriderX

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    Maybe we can co-opt the Chinese social scoring system, only true patriots can vote.

    Disastrous future, HO!
     
  10. |cJ|

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    Anybody under 40 shouldn't be allowed to vote in my view.
     
  11. Cheroulam Nab

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    Yes give them the vote more chaos is good chaos :p.
     
  12. D.P.

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    Anybody deluded enough to think Muslims will become a majority in the UK shouldn't be allowed to vote in my view.
     
  13. vvalter

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    In my view, no one should be allowed to vote but me.
     
  14. |cJ|

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    Please remember this post when the civil war begins.
     
  15. Freakbro

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    Bookmark it to remind us
     
  16. kitch9

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    They are trained in the army. Well.
     
  17. Skunkworks

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    The age of social maturity has increased over the the last 5-6 decades and important age restrictions like voting should be increased to reflect that.
     
  18. solado

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    When I was 16 I wanted to vote for anyone who would give me free money just so I can play video games all day so I didn't have to work.
     
  19. Gigabit

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    Why 18? I’m just curious why this number was chosen.
     
  20. platypus

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    It was extended to 18 year olds (down from 21) in the 1969 Representation of the People Act. One assumes the name suggests it was to represent more people.