Should teenagers be able to vote?




View Poll Results :Should teens be able to vote?
Yes (teen) 6 30.00%
Yes (adult) 2 10.00%
No (teen) 6 30.00%
No (adult) 6 30.00%
Voters: 20. You may not vote on this poll

 
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Boots
 
September 17th, 2004  
Duty Honor Country
 
 

Topic: Should teenagers be able to vote?


From time to time this issue comes up. I have heard of a few proposals on the issue. The one in California is probably the most interesting.

A bill was introduced that would allow teens 14 and older to vote on state issues. To change the national voting age would require a constitutional amendment. Teens 14 or 15 would count as 1/4 of a full vote while teens 16 and 17 would get 1/2 of a full vote.

How do people feel about this issue?

Definition of Teen in this poll: someone who is under the age of 18
September 17th, 2004  
AlexKall
 
Well im mixed (adult) I dont really know if or if not. Its hard to say, i can say that i wasnt even a bit interested to vote when i was 14, wasnt remotly interested and if i got a vote i might have put it on something just to vote which would be really bad hehe. But still many teens do know alot about politics and such which might make that person a asset to the society.

I might be considered as a teen at the age of 19 but i have had voting rights for more then two rears so in this case i wont consider my self as a teen.
September 18th, 2004  
webs
 
 
no, thats just stupid, teens are too stupid to vote.
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Boots
September 18th, 2004  
Skinny
 
 
I hope you are not suggesting that ALL teenagers are stupid.
September 18th, 2004  
webs
 
 
no, im 15 and i don't think im stupid, but the majority of teens smoke maryjane and get wasted on the weekends playing poker with their buddies, the USA and other countries would be mesesed up. see!
September 18th, 2004  
SHERMAN
 
 
we duiscussed this along time ago....I think 18 is a good age to start
September 18th, 2004  
webs
 
 
isn't that what the law is already?
September 18th, 2004  
godofthunder9010
 
 
Its similar to the question: How old does a person have to be to comprehend the idea of right and wrong? There is no correct answer ultimately. Teens may have the knowledge to make an informed decision. Many adults do not.
September 19th, 2004  
Skinny
 
 
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Originally Posted by webs
no, im 15 and i don't think im stupid, but the majority of teens smoke maryjane and get wasted on the weekends playing poker with their buddies, the USA and other countries would be mesesed up. see!
That may be true, but then again I do not see those people actually getting up and making the effort to vote. Most are not interested in politics. They just don't realize that this is our future we are talking about.
September 20th, 2004  
Duty Honor Country
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by webs
no, im 15 and i don't think im stupid, but the majority of teens smoke maryjane and get wasted on the weekends playing poker with their buddies, the USA and other countries would be mesesed up. see!
The same can be said for a few million adults in this country. I have to shake my head at some of the people I have seen that are supposedly adults.

The main reason why I think teens should not vote is the fact that they easily influenced by a bunch of things. Parents, friends, boy/girl friends, high school social pressure, pop culture is just to name a few influences in a teen’s life. Yes, those things influence adults too but not to the same degree. Most of the time, a person will change the most once he or she leaves the house for the first time. That generally happens at 18. I believe that a change occurs because of the individual freedom of a few of the influences stated above.

It’s my personal theory…does anyone wish to swat me down?