Young Voters
They pay taxes. They have to abide by the same laws as everyone else. And many are old enough to work and get behind the wheel.

But for teens under 18, the right to vote is still out of reach.

And that’s not fair, say a number of youth rights groups, who for years have pushed to lower America’s voting age to 16. In a nation with notoriously low voter turnout — particularly among 18- to 24-year-olds — allowing more young people to vote, advocates claim, would boost civic participation and give students a voice in local public affairs.

And some local campaigns to lower the voting age in various cities around the country have started to gain traction, as have the broader efforts of national youth civics groups like Generation Citizen and the National Youth Rights Association.

This year, San Francisco supervisors approved Proposition F for the November 2016 ballot. The measure would  lower the city’s voting age for local elections, allowing 16- and 17-year-olds to vote for mayor and other city officials, as well as school board and citywide initiatives.  It follows a multi-year organizing effort by Vote16 SF and the San Francisco Youth Commission. If the measure passes, San Francisco would become the first major city in the country to extend voting rights to 16- and 17-year-olds.

[UPDATE] Proposition F failed, but a similar measure in Berkeley passed, allowing 16 and 17-year-olds to elect members of the local school district’s Board of Directors. Read more.

Nationwide, only two municipalities — the Maryland cities of Hyattsville and Tacoma Park — have passed ordinances lowering their voting ages to 16 for local elections.

Skeptics, however,  argue that too many young people simply lack the life experience and knowledge to make informed decisions in the voting booth.

“I think it’s a dumb idea,” argued Curtis Gans, former director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate at American University. “The voting age was set at 18 because that’s the age at which people could be drafted and die for their country. [Those under 18] don’t have enough life experience or history and don’t know the issues in enough detail.”

Additionally, opponents argue, the nation’s minimum voting age often sets the precedent for other age ceilings. Sexual consent and criminal responsibility age limits, for instance, vary state by state but never exceed 18. If the voting age were lowered to 16, some fear, states could start treating 16-year-olds as adults in matters of consent and criminal prosecution.

What do you think? Should we lower the voting age?


Learn More…

OPINION: No, We Should Not Lower the Voting Age (Forbes)
Read why this author believes more civic responsibility should only come with maturity.

ARTICLE: Sixteen Year-Olds Are Smart. Let Them Vote. (The Washington Monthly)
Read more about how youth advocates in San Francisco helped get Proposition F on this year’s ballot.

OPINION: Voting Should Remain a Privilege of Adult Citizens (San Francisco Chronicle) 
This editorial presents arguments against lowering the voting age in San Francisco.

AUDIO: Should 16-Year-Olds Be Allowed to Vote? (KQED Forum) 
Two youth advocates, a constitutional lawyer, and the director of the California Civic Engagement Project discuss similar legislation that has passed in other cities and explore what voting at 16 would mean for elections and politics.

Should 16-Year-Olds Be Allowed to Vote? 24 August,2017Matthew Green

  • Carolyn Gurstein

    I think social media is a good starting point to help people learn about what is going on in our world. Although I don’t think it should be someone’s main source of information, I think it can help gain interest. For example http://www.forbes.com/sites/jefffromm/2016/06/22/new-study-finds-social-media-shapes-millennial-political-involvement-and-engagement/#5f3246d415de To make sure I see both sides of an issue I go onto multiple reliable websites lie Fox and NSNBC for information. #DoNowViews #MyCMSTArgs

    • Alexandra Julia Palomino

      Yeah, I agree it could actually help people get interested and involved in important issues. I have even been scrolling through Facebook and click on something interesting and end up googling it or looking for more information on the topic. Some people will trust whatever they read while others will still go out and research and look for more info, so it’s based on the individual. #MyCMSTargs #DoNowViews

    • Katie Henderson

      I agree a lot of things on social media regarding certain topics can be very interesting and actually help engage the public into them. #DoNowViews #MyCMSTArgs

  • Alexandra Julia Palomino

    Social media could potentially help us and harm us in making political decisions. Often times people post or share things that are inaccurate. This problem can be solved but it would have to happen on an individual basis, people would need to look at the source of the post which is a fast and easy way to see if what you’re reading is legitimate or not. The question also asked if social media could be shrinking our world view, and I think yes it has. We only ‘follow’ or ‘friend’ people we like or agree with or are similar to us. Our social media feeds only contain pictures/videos/links that we are predestined to ‘like’. Even though social media will limit what we see it is not the only way we interact so we will still hear and see new ideas. #MyCMSTargs #DoNowViews

    • Maddie Barraza

      I agree with what you have say about social media being helpful, but also causing some hindrance. I said the same thing in my comment, that looking at the source is the easiest way to get good, reliable information; and yes, it does come down to on whether the reader looks or not. I think social media however does not shrink our world views. Even though we choose to like and follow, those we do follow can give us information that we wouldn’t know otherwise. Think about how many links to articles to see on Facebook or Twitter; if those sources are accurate, I believe social media can expand our world view.

      #MyCMSTargs #DoNowViews

  • K. Smith

    Social media is easily manipulated so that the audience walks away with a certain view on whatever issue the author wanted to portray. That being said, I believe that people have different views and opinions on politics. Individuals should not depend solely on the information they receive from social media but it is a good source to help formulate ideas. Human beings are creatures of their environment and I think peoples political values depend, not only, but a lot on who they associate themselves with. Social media is making the world a smaller place by connecting people across the globe quicker and easier than ever but I do not feel that it shrinks world-views. It is each persons responsibility to educate themselves on political issues, especially if they are eligible to vote, and they can do that by going to resources that are reliable. Sources like the voters ballot http://voterguide.sos.ca.gov/en/pdf/ can help people get a direct definition on policies. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowViews

    • Shelby

      I really enjoyed your idea that social media is making the world a smaller place by connecting people across the globe quicker. I think its an interesting idea to think about. Do you think this is a good thing though? Of course it can benefit us by stretching our learnings to ideas of different countries, however is it always giving us an accurate depiction of what is happening across the globe, or are we sometimes mislead by what social media offers? #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowViews

  • Shelby

    Personally, I think social media is a tricky topic when it comes to how it benefits and harms society. As a daily user of social media, it is hard for me to bash and hate on the sites without feeling hypocritical, but at the same time there are many aspects of social media that I do not agree with. When it comes to political values being shared on the web, the first thing that comes to my mind is the Fortress model of the values of free speech. In this model it is believed that all speech should be protected because of what we benefit from good speeches. However the model warns that in order to find good, valuable speeches, we must go through an abundance of very very bad (shitty) speeches. In the end, though, the model concludes that protecting the bad speeches is worth it because in the end we truly benefit greatly from the good speeches which are also protected. This can be applied to social media sites. It is worth it to allow individuals to express there opinions in hope that a few of them will be great, valuable pieces of speech. I think it is important that social media users apply the 4 tips given by the article in order to diversify your feed, because in the end it is extremely important to give attention to all sides of an issue. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowViews

  • Alisha

    With the way social media works, the things that are shared and posted are the most popular videos and information, also known as public opinion views. Firstly, this limits our political thoughts because we are only thinking about these certain videos. If you scroll through Facebook, it’s the same video of Donald Trump on CNN or the same segment of a speech from Michelle Obama, over and over again. This sort of helps us create some views because it’s a great way to see politics at work that we may not look for ourselves, but it’s not really new information. So while social media can be beneficial (http://www.forbes.com/sites/jefffromm/2016/06/22/new-study-finds-social-media-shapes-millennial-political-involvement-and-engagement/#1f51bb5d15de), there’s not a lot of variety and it can be misleading. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Maddie Barraza

    Just like the video said, the abundance of social media in politics is both a blessing and curse. On the one hand, it’s the first time this many people are able to get access to what is happening in our political world. This is great in the case that now more than ever people are able to speak their mind, and read what others are saying. This can also however give people false information, and could I’ve people the wrong idea. In my opinion, Facebook has the biggest problem with false information, taking a news story, and spinning it way out of proportion. Especially for those who haven’t always follows politics. the fist thing I do before I read an article is check the source. In my opinio0n you can so much about a piece with just the source. You know what side they lean towards. You can know type if article it is, academic or casual, and you know if these people are reliable. I think we have an amazing opportunity to be self educated about politics with the use of social. We must however, be careful, and make sure what we’re reading is legit. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowViews

  • Sofia Carlson

    Social media shapes our political view. We see other peoples opinions and voices online that can can change the way we think about political issues. Sometimes we don’t look at the world view and we just look at the things we believe, we are only looking at one side of a topic. We need to look at the whole view on an issue to be the best informed, by looking at the whole picture of something that can change our political view on a topic.

  • Luke Ruegemer

    I think social media helps us develop and share our political views. It allows us to share our opinions of what you think on many different topics but many people only look at one side of the of the problem. I can look of both sides of the problem and try to challenge myself and think of what the other side is thinking about.

    • Haakon Rondestvedt

      very nice way of putting that luke

      • Luke Ruegemer

        thanks i really appreciate it haakon

        • Haakon Rondestvedt

          how is life going for yourself

          • Luke Ruegemer

            very good how about yourself

          • Haakon Rondestvedt

            im doing wonderful thanks for asking

          • Haakon Rondestvedt

            how is hockey

          • Haakon Rondestvedt

            i was joking we are still having a conversation hehe

          • Luke Ruegemer

            no problem! how is class?

          • Haakon Rondestvedt

            its fantastic

          • Luke Ruegemer

            Oh jeepers i didnt see that comment. Hockey is great

          • Haakon Rondestvedt

            wow thats wonderful

          • Luke Ruegemer

            oh yes

  • Haakon Rondestvedt

    i believe that the social medias role in politics is a very important one because they are aloud to the freedom of press, so they can ask what they want and help people change their opinions and make the political parties biased or unfair. you can participate from a standpoint where its just you and your thoughts. such websites such as facebook, that can find out what you want just by recording your data and likes and comments. The media is truly great with all of its powers and can make things really easy for political party representatives or people who are going to vote, because they get all this news right as it is happening.

    • Luke Ruegemer

      Wow that was great!

      • Haakon Rondestvedt

        thank you very much

        • Luke Ruegemer

          you are very welcome

  • Estelle Jungels

    Social media makes our views smaller by showing us the things we agree with, but it also helps us form a political view. Only seeing things we agree with prevents people from seeing both sides of the story. To see both sides of the story people should look at things they don’t agree with to become aware of both sides, and then form an opinion on the issue.

  • Eric CL

    I believe that social media does shape our political views. It does it by people wanting to fit in with their friends and the people around them and how social media sites narrow the things you see to what you want to see. We can fix this by starting to look at people around the countries’ point of views and point of views that are not the same as ours.

  • Kayla Barnhart

    In social media, politics is everywhere. A post or tweet usually only gives you part of a story, or a biased viewpoint. Many people just see this side of the story and believe it as the truth, when that may not be the case. People start to develop distorted views of different issues, which affects daily life. In my opinion social media is one factor that politics could do without.

  • Reham Alemam

    Before you comment on an issue you should really understand the topic by making sure you are not looking at a page that is being bias.

  • Meghan Phillips

    I think social media is a difficult topic to discuss when it comes to how it benefits and harms society. I use social media everyday so it is tricky for me to hate on it without feeling hypocritical, but at the same time there are many aspects of social media that I do not agree with. I do agree that social media allows people to become very knowledgeable citizens within minutes, but is the information always accurate? Social media can allow people to only see only one side of a topic, instead of seeing the whole view of a topic. Opinions are always clearly stated in social media and can make us loose perspective on the facts and matter of the whole issue, and that can become a red flag for when we are talking about politics.

  • Archer simpson

    I think social media helps us share our views on politics and other things. It allows people to share what they think about the current events happening in the world. This can also make it very bias. We can fix this by looking at other people around the countries
    point of views and seeing what is difefrent and what is not.

  • Lydia Durrett

    Social media definitely plays a role in our political views, but is that a good or a bad thing? On one hand social media exposes you to political news and can provide lots of helpful information, but you don’t know if the information it’s providing is true or not. Social media can either show us new political views or narrow our mindset by showing very few views. Overall, I believe that social media does help to shape our political views.

  • Megan Mclenighan

    I believe that social media inhibits our worldwide and political views. We only read about, like, tweet, and share the issues we agree with; Most people aren’t following the candidate they hate on Instagram. Often times, the media can heavily favor one side of an issue meaning you don’t get to hear both sides of a story. Social media can also blow something out of proportion, leading to more injustice than what was already there.

  • Niamh Macdonagh

    I believe that social media could potentially inhibit our ability to chose our own political views, and that because of this and the way social media only shows you things that sight knows you like, it will continue to only show you the topics with only one side of the story being shown. This is shrinking our world view by not showing us every side of the real story.

  • Alison B

    I believe that social media is changing the way that we see political views. It is helping I feel so other people can see other opinons and that can change the way we think. But we need to make sure we look at the whole picture and truly understand the event not just read the title but understand and grasp the information. So although social media may limit your views there are still ways we can expand.

  • Bridget Braun

    I believe that social media can help and inhibit our development of our political values. It is the first time that this amount of people are able to see what is happening in the political world. Many people are able to express there views on topics, this is a great way to do that, but it can also cause conflict. Also, there can be false information on politics and give people the wrong idea. When I read an article on social media, I find that there is in fact many untrue things but there is always a way to check what is true and what is fake.

  • Cooper Nasiedlak

    Social Media helps us develop our own opinions because of people that you look at on social media and what they say. Social Media is limiting our worldwide view because of you watch a video of Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, we only think about these videos that have been posted and edited not what actually happened during the video. To make sure what you are reading is real and fact checked you can do research on video that has not been edited or full video of the situation.

  • Landon Glenna

    I believe that social media is great for political news, but does have its flaws.T he great thing about political news is that you are able to get on the spot news about a certain topic at the time and are also able to hear other peoples thoughts which can make the topic much more interesting with an outside perspective. Also I can see why people dislike all the social media used for political news. Some people can see some comment on social media and end just believing that comment rather than giving there own perspective on the topic that may not even be true.

  • Sofia Volpi

    I think social media has the biggest influence on our opinions and even political views. Seeing other people express their views and opinions, can persuade our own, which isn’t a bad thing. The only problem is that people tend to only look at one side of a situation, and make their opinion from a condensed, narrow point of view. I think social media is a place where many people have the opportunities to share their views, but they don’t look at others opinions, which could reshape their own.

  • Becca H

    Social media limits our ability to develop our own political values. I think that social media is shrinking our worldview because things that we see on the internet we often believe, or we question opinions that are not the first one we see. People could read more opinions before making their own opinion when they only read one article.

  • Ian Seiler

    social media doesn’t help since its very difficult to even get a decent picture of what actually happened because people only show the story that gets views is the only side of the story told. for instance a few months ago a cop killed a little kid and wounded or killed his father i don’t know which and I only heard about it a month afterward as a footnote on the five o’clock news. why? the kid was white. i’m not saying this is a racial issue its just that it was overlooked because no one wants to hear about it, they want to hear about the incidents that cause massive protest even though this one might cause protest but no one knows about it. news sites don’t care about informing you of national and local events they just want more people to watch their channel in short social media doesn’t change much since we are already getting a narrow view #donowview.

  • Evan Judson

    Social media, although it can be used as an echo chamber to intensify extremist views and guide us informedly, is the greatest tool for diversifying our views. Because of xenophobia, we are often afraid of people with separate views, so an uncommon view between people can often put people off and cause them to feel aggressively towards a topic. While social media can easily be used to limit one’s ideas, it is as easy to use it to widen their ideas too. Because of social media, we can have people from all over on the political spectrum, of different experiences through many other factors. This gives us as followers and/or activists in current politics a wide view of what is being said. That being said, I don’t think that people can ever completely diversify their experiences in social media without actively seeking it. It would be very easy for me or any other young person to fall into a rabbit hole of political outlier on Facebook, and see very flawed viewpoints as ethically correct. I often try to coerce myself to view news for events I feel strongly about through mediums I disagree with because I find it often makes my argument stronger to see the opposition’s argument. Overall, though social media is one of the strongest tools to close the viewpoints of an individual, it can be used as diversifier of these same views in the same individual.

  • May

    I believe that social media inhibits our ability to develop our own political choices because social media is constantly giving us information, and we don’t know if it’s right or wrong. Social media often twists information to our personal preferences, and, as stated in the video, people reflexively retweet or repost information that is not always true. The presidential debate this year is full of scandals that often show up in the media, and although some of that information is true, social media wants these events to interest us, so they may alter the information for our enjoyment. Social media sometimes also shrinks our worldview because it gives us more information about our own country, and just gives us the big picture of what is going on in the world (this is not always the case). To increase our knowledge on politics in our country and events our world, we should do further research on subjects that are of important, and use reliable sources in order to get the information that we need, and the information that is right.

  • Lydia

    I believe social media nurtures our political views and give us the ability to develop political choices. Social media constantly gives us detailed information about political news however the media also twists the truth for their own benefit. Social media sites condenses everyones world view because they only talk about issues that would impact their life. You choose to read what you want which can make you narrow minded, you can always click away from the article unlike how it used to be. All being said I believe social media prevents the spreading of opinions possibly making you narrow minded.

    • Isabel

      I agree with you

    • Sadie Schreiner

      Good Argument

  • Isabel

    I think social media hurts our political views because most people only follow people of here political opinions. When on social media there could be bias or some false information. Social media is also a positive influence to political views because you could be able to hear new information you would not be able to see otherwise.

    • Lydia

      well said

  • Gus Angelos

    I believe that social inhibits our views because we dont get to see all views and all sides of the story. On social media you might only look at or read one network or read the same bias every time and not get to see or expand your views. Expand your view is important because you might believe in something else but not get to see those because social media. If you watched the news every night you could get to see all news and have a option on all of the views.

  • Birch Clark

    I Believe that social media inhibits our political views. By getting your information from social media you can choose what your read/hear and you can only get the news from the point of view you want to hear. You cant expand your views about what other people have to say on the subject. Expanding your views helps you get the big picture about what is really happening in the world.

  • Sadie Schreiner

    I think that social media inhibits our political views. Although it is very helpful receive information quickly, this information is usually very biased and opinionated. This is where the problem lies, because people confuse the viewpoints they see with facts. We need to base our own political points of view for this election with truth and actual facts.

  • Eddie M

    I believe that social media dramatically changes our views on politics because we read what we want to read. We have the power to look at the tweets we want to see by following accounts that only focus on one side of politics. We can watch videos that talk bad about people and do not look at the positives.

  • Robb T

    I believe that social media helps political choices because its easier for people to see and a lot more younger people are on twitter and other social medias and they can follow who they want. I believe that social media lets people express there ideas and political views and good conversation can be created from it. Although it could be bias and people arent seeing both sides it is helping people participate which is beneficial.

  • Maggie McMahon

    I think that social media is a good resource and definitely allows us to have a large view point, but I don’t think that we are using it correctly. Like stated in the video, Facebook has things pop up that they know you want to see. You have the ability to limit your news intake, and that isn’t always healthy; you may only want to read or watch articles and reports that support your personal political view. Try to branch out, look at things outside of your political beliefs, so that your views become well-rounded and may even change. #vvms #donow

  • John Snow

    I believe that social media hurts our political view because we don’t get to see all of the views. Many people don’t expand there view on social media so they only read one of the news outlets which could be heavily biased. You can start to follow more people or networks on social media to get different perspectives on the same topic.

  • Neil Tripathi

    I think this is a very two-sided issue in most respects. First you see the benefit of letting younger people get more involved in the election process. On the other side I don’t think we should allow uninformed voters to pollute the voting pool and more 16 and 17 year olds votes could change national elections. I think the idea of local government is very interesting because its fairly low risk and could encourage young people to get more interested in a non- scandalous form of the process. This could help teach younger people that elections in the US are more important than the size of your “hands”… #DoNowVotingAge #MyCMSTArgs

    • Austin Blair

      I do agree that it could get 16 and 17 year olds more interested in voting and getting involved with politics. Isn’t there another way to do so? Sure 18-30 year olds have the lowest percentage of votes compared to the rest of the population, but can’t we find a better way to get them to realize that your vote matters? If this movement does grow and ever so happens to pass nationally, I think that these kids could seriously skew a national election. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Mason Dossey

      Yes, they may be more interested in politics if they could vote, but I don’t think a 16 or 17 year old is mature or developed enough to have a say in who our leaders or what our laws should be. I think, if anything, the laws should make the voting age older. #MyCMSTArgs

      • Nicholas Feeley

        I think that making the voting age older is a terrible idea. I also think that you are pushing an agist stereotype that young people can’t be intelligent.

    • Nicholas Feeley

      Local government is just as high risk as national government. The local government can mess up peoples lives, take Flint Michigan for example in which case the local government poisoned a whole town. Also voters who are uninformed at the age of 16-17 are still going to be uninformed at the age of 18 unless they make a hard effort. Most voters over the age of 18 are already uninformed as it is so in the end I think lowering the age is better just because it allows more people to be heard even if they are uninformed or just don’t vote all together. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Kim Cuong Nguyen

      I agree that it is a two-sided issue, but there has always been uninformed voters, but their opinions still matter. That’s why I think it’s good to allow 16-year-olds to partake in the election, since propositions affect them too. Also by allowing 16-year-olds to vote this could increase their interest in the political process, which leads to an increased voter turnout in the younger age groups. #DoNowVotingAge #MyCMSTArgs

  • Austin Blair

    This is the exact opposite direction we need to take voting laws. If anything I think that Voting laws should be raised with the tobacco laws to twenty-one. Kids are not getting any more responsible, they are becoming more childish. I think that 16 and 17 would also pollute the voting pool more than it is already polluted with 18 year olds who don’t know a thing about what they are voting on. For example, with rumors of Kanye West running for president, I can guarantee not only 16 and 17 year olds, but there will be countless 18-20 year olds voting for Kanye West just to see a celebrity as our countries leader. This can not be the start of the lowering of the national voting age. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Mason Dossey

      I agree that this is the opposite direction we, as a country, should be going. I also think this would pollute our voting process. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Nicholas Feeley

      If anything the only reason kids would become more “irresponsible” is because they are constantly told they are stupid and don’t deserve to have any rights. There are plenty of responsible kids. Furthermore, why shouldn’t someone be allowed to make their own decisions until they are 21. being 21 doesn’t make you any better to make decisions than being 16 or 40 does. The government is supposed to represent everyone and not representing anyone under the age of 21 is completely undemocratic. Wisdom does not come with age, it comes with experience and there are plenty of people who are of the legal age to vote that are idiots. Also if you are going to talk about Kanye West running for president why don’t you look at Donald Trump. He is probably one of the worst candidates ever and he is primarily supported by the older generations of people not young people or millenials. I am 20 and I could legally smoke a year ago. I don’t even smoke but I liked to know I had the right to do what I wanted with my body. I think that raising the legal age to vote is not only unethical but violates the unaliable rights all Americans have. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

      • Rigoberto Lomas-Velazco

        That’s true, if you constantly tell a person that they aren’t mature or smart enough to do something they will never be able to do anything. What changes in a persons logical reasoning capacity in the two years it takes to go from 16 to 18? Not all of the 16 and 17 year old’s allowed to vote will choose to, just like not all people over 18 choose to. We already have a very low turnout rate for elections so why shouldn’t we let them vote? Maybe then turnout rate will increase a bit and with more voters out there the more the voting results represent the will of the people. It wont be dictated on the few adults who decided to go out and vote.

    • Robert Duron

      I agree with you saying this is the opposite direction we need to take. Kids that age are not invested in politics and would be voting on ideas they are clueless about. This age group can’t even apply for a job in the real world without special permission from their school, yet we want them to vote on issues effecting that real world. This idea is pretty ridiculous, it would hurt our system even further. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Lauren Rhude

      I agree with you when you say lowering the voting age to 16 and 17 would pollute the voting pool, I know quite a few people over the age of 18 and they have no idea about some political issues. Why would people think 16 and 17 year olds would be any different. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Mason Dossey

    I think this is a stupid idea. an 18 year old doesn’t even have a fully developed brain…why would we let 16 year olds vote. They can barely even drive. I think this would pollute the voting in the United States. If we were to change these laws in anyway, I think we should raise the voting age to 21. Most 16 year olds are not even interested in politics and barely even understand what is going on in our Country. #MyCMSTArgs

    • Kim Cuong Nguyen

      I disagree with raising the voting age to 21 because it is hypocritical. If an 18 year old is considered mature enough to enlist in the military (which is a political stance), why can’t they vote for the presidency and propositions that can affect them? Your main argument is that 16 to 21-year-olds lack a fully developed brain, therefore, they are immature and shouldn’t vote. However, brain development aren’t finished until the age of 25, so why increase it to 21? Why not 25? In addition, unfinished brain development doesn’t mean immaturity, it just means the prefrontal cortex has yet to reach it’s zenith. All in all, I disagree with increasing the voting age to 21. It should either stay at 18 or reduced to 16. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Nicholas Feeley

      Seriously a 24 year old doesn’t have a developed brain either. By your logic you shouldn’t be able to vote until your 25. Furthermore, most brain development happens before puberty. Also 21 year olds can be dumber then 12 year olds. No matter what age you are you can be more or less intelligent then another person. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowU3Rs

  • Nicholas Feeley

    I think that a 16 year old can be mature enough to vote and pretty much make any other life decision there is. I also no plenty of people who are over the age of 18 that are like children in grown up bodies. There really is no age at which we really can just call someone qualified to vote. People learn and create life experiences at different times. The notion that 18 is a good age to vote is just as stupid as the notion that 16 or 10 or 45 is a good age to be given your right to vote. Unfortunately there has to be an age when we finally are allowed to receive our rights and we decided it is 18 http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-steinberg-lower-voting-age-20141104-story.html. I say lower the age to vote to 16 and while your at it lower ever other age limit to 16. It is about time we stop treating people like kids just because they are under a certain age. A 16 year old can be more intelligent then a 40 year old. I felt just as able to make my own decisions at 16 as I do at 20. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Rigoberto Lomas-Velazco

      You make a lot of good points. I also believe that it wouldn’t be that big of a deal if we lowered the voting age to 16, but I don’t believe we should lower the legal age for everything else to 18. While I do believe that maturity can develop at different ages for different people, physical development isn’t the same. Beer and tobacco are poisons and cause a lot of damage to the body. I do believe that we should lower the age for those substances to 18, that is only because we are allowed to serve in the military at that age. If we can die for our country at age 18, then we can choose to have a beer and a smoke. At age 16 I feel like it is too early to expose them to those substances and their bodies aren’t mature enough to handle the effects of it.

    • Katie Henderson

      I like your point that some adults over 18 are not even qualified to vote. Age isn’t a reflection of how smart you are or how much you know about an issue. I think if someone is willing to learn about a topic and they have good points regarding their answers, there shouldnt be any reason they cannot participate in elections. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Kim Cuong Nguyen

    I think there are both pros and cons to both sides to lowering the voting age to 16, but the pros of lowering it outweighs the cons. A con regarding lowering the voting age to 16 is increasing the Democratic party’s chances of winning elections because statistically younger age groups generally are Democrat, while older age groups leans more to the Republican party. The issue here is that this could result in the Democratic Party to keep winning every election (party tyranny), which is what George Washington feared. One of the pros for lowering the voting age to 16 is that it gives the younger generation a voice in the election process that could provide implementations of programs that benefit the younger generation. Lowering it to 16 also would make the younger generation more interested in participating in the political process which is a good thing because lower age groups have low participation in the election. I’d also like to add that age doesn’t define maturity. Some 16-year-olds
    are more mature than 18-year-olds. 2 year difference doesn’t have much
    of a difference. Therefore, I think it is best to let 16-year-olds to have the right to vote. http://www.gallup.com/poll/168125/young-americans-affinity-democratic-party-grown.aspx #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Robert Duron

    I completely disagree with this idea. 16 and 17 year olds are not invested in politics and do not even have a fully functioning brain. Most can barely drive a car, or be allowed to work an actual job, without special permission from their school. There are far more problems with letting this happen then just keeping it as is. I think we have bigger questions to answer as a nation than allowing 16 year olds to vote. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Lauren Rhude

      I completely agree with you, I think those few years do make a big difference because once you turn 18, your somewhat forced to do adult things like pay rent, buy groceries, pay for school and high schoolers haven’t gone through any of that. #MyCMSTArgs

      • cheyenne Gonzalez

        I believe that giving 16 and 17 year olds a voice on topics that effect them directly is important.Things like minimum wage and the school boards decisions affect us directly. Does it make sense to deprive teenagers the right to make decisions for their future?? at the end of the day the people who are making the decisions now in the long run are not affected. this generation is constantly being ridiculed for being ignorant but the fact that older generations are comfortable with generalizing an entire group of people based upon a few of the many shows where the ignorance truly is. As for the ¨Lack of responsibility” we supposedly do not have, i disagree with that idea. there are plenty of teens who have taken big leadership roles at home like being the breadwinner or the one who takes care of their siblings due to family issues, so that statement is very irrelevant. The true question is why do certain people (not all) feel the need to have someone below them or have more right than?? Despite my opinion differing i do have the upmost respect for your opinion and your beliefs.

      • Lakayla Phillips

        I AM 16, I TAKE CARE OF MY WHOLE FAMILY…THROUGH MY INTERNSHIPS AND JOBS, IAM FULLY CAPABLE OF THOUGHT, COMPOSING MUSIC, AND DANCING, I HAVE IMPECCABLE MEMORIZATION SKILLS . I’VE BEEN IN SEVERAL DEBATES IN MY LOCAL CITY HALL WITH SEVERAL OTHER INGENIOUS TEENS IN MY AGE RANGE ABOUT THINGS YOU PROBABLY DON’T EVEN KNOW EXIST BECAUSE YOU DON’T CARE AND COULD NEVER EVEN FATHOM. THERE ARE STRUGGLES BENEATH THE CRYSTAL WORLD YOU LIVE IN SO I’M NOT GOING TO STOOP BENEATH YOUR LEVEL BECAUSE I KNOW YOU COULD NEVER UNDERSTAND THE STRUGGLES MOST TEENS ENDURE. JUST BECAUSE YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT US TEENS AND ACTIVISTS ARE STRUGGLING TO ACCOMPLISH DOES NOT MEAN IT ISN’T HAPPENING.

        • Erica Marie

          “us teens” Every one of us above the age of 18 is/was a teen lol

        • Lauren Rhude

          I’m in no way saying teens can’t or won’t do things they shouldn’t be burdened with at that age. If you go back to my post you will see it says MOST high schoolers. We all have different opinions and are able to have those different opinions and that’s what makes our country America, so I don’t appreciate you saying nasty things about me just because of my views. AND CHILL WITH THE CAPS.

      • Noel Laulu

        Not all 16-17 year olds are as naive, or have an easy lifestyle as you are generally assuming. Have you not heard of foster care before, or emancipated teens? There are many teens in this country who have to work, and have to grow up fast to help their families or to survive on their own. There are many teens now a days that are making real change on the environment, school policies, and matters that happen worldwide.Besides if you want to prepare a teen for the real world don’t shelter them or expect less from them, instead include them on matters that will effect them locally. How do you expect an adult to help make changes for teens when they themselves are not being affected by it or have any experience / input on a teens day to day lifestyle and the challenges they face?

        • Lauren Rhude

          My intention wasn’t for it to seem like I think all 16-17 are naive or don’t go through things like jobs or even foster care. I was referring to MOST high schoolers. I’m aware there are a lot of kids out there that grow up way before they should have to. My thoughts are just coming from a place knowing that not even 50% of eligible voters vote in elections, and a majority of them aren’t even educated on all the issues.

  • Rigoberto Lomas-Velazco

    Voting is a fundamental aspect of our country and I don’t see a legitimate reason as to why we shouldn’t lower the voting age to 16. Why should “adults” be the only ones that have their voices heard during our voting season. People like to say that children are the future. Then why don’t we let them help us dictate what that future looks like. One big argument is that they are too young to make logical decisions when voting. However, I have seen many sixteen and seventeen year old’s that are very mature for their age. Just like I have seen adults that act like children, and I really hate to know they are allowed to vote. The video even showed a quote stating that those under the age of 18 shouldn’t cote because they aren’t allowed to serve in the military until they are 18. If they are going to pull that argument, essentially saying you’re not an adult until you are 18, then they should lower the drinking and smoking age. If you are old enough to serve your country, and dictate what path this country will take, then why shouldn’t they be able to chose if they can have a beer or a smoke for themselves?

    • Katie Henderson

      I like your point about children being the future. I think its important to let everyone’s views be heard and there is no reason why teens under the age of 18 are not qualified to make a logical decision on a prop or election. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Lauren Rhude

    I don’t think lowering the voting age to 16 or 17 would be a good idea at all. I know many people who are over the age of 18 and still aren’t educated on the issues of the presidential debates and on the propositions in their area. I think the idea is cool and could have some pros but I believe the cons would outweigh them and the idea just doesn’t seem doable. If there was a class implemented in schools dedicated to educated them on the issues then maybe, but I do think those few years make a difference because when your in high school your not thinking about the president or the economy, your thinking about things you think are a major deal, like dating for example. The legal age is 18 for a reason. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Erica Marie

      I completely agree, there are of course some high schoolers very involved and informed but overall across all 50 states there simply aren’t enough informed teenagers to deserve the right to change the voting age. In fact, most Americas of eligible voting age don’t even vote! Maybe it’s because they’re informed, but probably because they are not involved. Here is more info about eligible voters http://www.electproject.org/2016g #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Katie Henderson

    I really don’t see why lowering the voting age to 16 or 17 would be a problem. Although some people argue that most teens under the age of 18 are not informed or smart enough to make decisions for our country, I would argue that the only ones who would actually go out and vote, are. I met plenty of people in high school that were very into politics. They paid attention in economics and government and regularly checked news sources for what was going on. I think that if 16 or 17 year olds were given the ability to vote, the ones who would actually go through with it would probably be informed enough to make a logical choice. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Erica Marie

      I agree that many people in high school are informed and take huge interest into politics. But we should take note that most propositions do not directly affect 16 and 17 year olds. Almost every political law voted on affects those above 21, or those with certain cases such as need for pharmaceutical drugs or growing marijuana. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • marjon blount

      I understand your point of view that there are teenagers at the age of 16 who are well informed on politics, but the majority of teenagers at this age are misinformed and under educated to what politics are. As a 16 year old teenager i was much more advance in politics than a lot of my peers, when i would talk about politics i would be called weird because they had no understanding of the importance to vote at such a young age. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Jason In

    If we let teenagers at the age of 16 or 17 have the right to vote, then we will see a lot of them not using that right as most of the young voters at the age of 18 to their early 20s don’t really vote. So, what will be the big difference between them voting and why should we let them vote for something that they’ll waste. Also, with the amount of technology that children overuse today, they won’t care what’s going on and if they go to vote, they’ll probably vote on something that will hurt everyone around them. We should not allow underage people be allowed to vote; also, in case you didn’t know, our 26th amendment allows people 18 years or older to vote. We should still abide by the rules that our government has implemented whether you agree with it or not.

    • Rodolfo Sanchez

      Then why did the voting age of 21 lowered to the age of 18? If that happened then I’m sure we can lower the voting age to 16 because it would benefit for the youth.

      • Jason In

        Roosevelt felt that we needed to have our military draft lowered from 21 to 18 to get more troops. However, along with lowering the draft age, so did the voting age and, in 1971, congress said, “Okay,” and the amendment was ratified.

  • Jaime Gonzalez

    I honestly don’t care because these are public things that people want to vote on. It doesn’t matter because it is public. On the other hand it would be good practice for maturing teens to get practice in the real world.

  • Erica Marie

    I do not think we should allow 16/17 year olds to vote. I had a job starting at the age of 16, and yes I paid taxes, but I also lived at home, fed by my mom, and slept under my parents roof. At the age of 18 everything does change, most student leave home for higher education, or pursue a full-time job. For me I can say turning 18 was completely different from turning 16. At 16 I was able to drive a car, at 18 I was an adult, and knew my actions were the adults of an action, the term “juvenile” was over. If I did something illegal, it was on me, and there would be no special treatment. Also at the age of 18 people can sign up for the army/military/navy, and put their lives on the line for their country. At the age of 16 I probably would have loved the voting age to be different, but now I’m older than 18 and have a much realer understanding of how the world works. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Diana Avila

      I like the way you addressed the issue, very formal and used good personal input! I believe fully in what you are advocating and I also believe that the age for voting should remain as is! Good job on evaluating the question! #MyCMSTArgs

    • marjon blount

      i strongly agree with your point of view on this topic. A two year age difference from 16 to 18 is very big differnce as it is the start of adulating in life for majority of Americans. I found a article that also relates to your opinion to why 16 year olds should not be allowed to vote, here at http://should16yearoldsvote.weebly.com/16-years-old-shouldnt-be-allowed-to-vote.html. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • JeffCMST

    I believe if 16 and 17 year old were allowed to vote we would have a different approach on what we are actually voting for and we would definitely have different perspectives all around. I believe we should let them vote because I feel like they are as well-educated and well informed as other Americans and they could definitely help make an impact. I also believe that no one should be stopped of voting because of age. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • K. Smith

    I personally do not believe that teenagers under the age of 18 should be allowed to vote, and for more than one reason alone. People can make the argument that they just think that 16 is too young and that they do not have the right tools to make big decisions. Others might say that even if they were given the right, a 16 year old wouldn’t take the opportunity or time to vote. However, I feel that instead of lowering the age to vote we should put more emphasis on getting adults (18+) to get up and make their voice heard. Today, you hear people claim that their vote doesn’t matter or its not even worth their time. In the 2012 election only 57% of eligible voters in the US actually voted according to http://www.statisticbrain.com/voting-statistics/. Thats not 57% of all Americans but only registered individuals. Rather than lowering the voting age, we need to put the effort on getting other citizens in to vote. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Keaton Hill

    I don’t believe that 16 or even 17-year-olds should be allowed to vote, even if it’s in a local election such as San Francisco. The reason the voting age is set at 18 is because, in order to really understand and appreciate the right to vote, you need life experience. You also need life experience to vote because that experience will help you understand the issues. It is also possible that, in a situation like this, teenagers could be allowed to vote on something that doesn’t concern them at all, which seems like a poor idea to me. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Maddie Napier

      I agree 16 and 17 year olds don’t have the life experience needed to make and informed vote. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Diana Avila

    As the article makes some good claims that increasing the voting age I strongly disagree, due to the lack of experience and knowledge. There’s a reason that most people, age 18-24 don’t vote and that’s due to not knowing how to or not knowing what about. Lowering the age could impact cities and San Francisco’s city laws by allowing 16 year olds to vote. In addition to that the articles last paragraph mentions that by doing so we could be treating 16 and 17 year olds as if they were 18. All in all, as a student I do believe it would’ve been nice to have voting options available but as a citizen that knows and has more experience I don’t believe that the voting age should be reduced to 16 and 17 year olds. #MyCMSTArgs

  • Maddie Napier

    I don’t think that allowing 16 and 17 year olds to vote would be a great idea because they aren’t well enough informed or have enough life

    • Yashar C.

      I agree. If the U.S. were to allow them to do so, then a minor voting system should be created. Letting them vote on ballots of lesser significance (topics like soda taxes) wouldn’t hurt the nation, but it would definitely make a difference. #DoNowVotingAge #MyCMSTArgs

  • marjon blount

    From personal experience as a 16 year old, i don’t believe they should be allowed to vote at such a young age for the simple fact that they have not aquired real life experiences. Most 16 year olds are sheltered by guardians who provide shelter, food, and required necessities. It is not until one is no longer shelters by someone and is required to get a job and provide for their self to understand why voting for politicians and Props. are so important and the life changing affects they have on our lives. When I was 16 years old I had no interest to vote because I didn’t not understand what “Adulting” was until i finally came to college and became fully responsible for my personal finances. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Yashar C.

      I agree. The thought of minors shaping the country is a bit too overwhelming. Though I believe both 16 and 17 are capable ages, voting is a huge responsibility. Like you said, they need more real life experiences under their belt (generally speaking). #DoNowVotingAge #MyCMSTArgs

  • Yashar C.

    16 and 17 are both capable ages. However, they are a bit young for participation in shaping the United States’ policies. Voting is a huge responsibility that requires true understanding, patience and consideration for the entire nation. With that said, such a authority should not be freely offered to such young minds. I do not mean to sound discriminatory, but they need more real life experience under their belt before deciding what’s best for themselves, their families, neighbors, and their land on a national level. http://www.debate.org/opinions/should-16-year-olds-be-allowed-to-vote .If these teens were granted such a right, the U.S. should construct a sort of minor voting permit system that allows them to vote only on certain ballots of lesser significance. The process behind obtaining a permit should be made more difficult and cautious to reduce those who wish to vote for the wrong reasons. #DoNowVotingAge #MyCMSTArgs

  • Sean Hemmersmeier

    I think that younger voting would encourage younger people to vote when they turn 18 which would be a good thing. Most teenagers do not care about politics and do not know about specific political or local issues (http://www.estateofdenial.com/2011/03/26/teen-interest-in-politics-or-lack-thereof/) this article from the Estate of Denial says that most young teens are uninterested in politics. So opening up the local vote to younger people, will not accomplish anything of importance within those local elections since uninterested voters won’t do the research to put the best person in office. This idea would help engage young voters in 2 years in Congressional and Presidential elections but it won’t make local elections better or more based on the population.

  • Jacob F

    This proposition has good intentions, yet we must remember how easily youth can be influenced. Yes, you may be paying taxes from working at 16, but you would still be relying on others (such as your parents) for essential things in your life. Without a doubt, 16-year olds simply cannot have matured enough to the point of deciding the fate of their community. That’s too much of a burden on not only them, but the entire community, as they then have to learn to adapt to the changing demographic of their voters. The appeal to younger voters will be pervasively extorted, just like politicians nowadays appeal to voters with popular social issues like college tuition and same-sex marriage. On another stance, allowing 16-year-olds to vote takes away voting power from other voters.

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddavenport/2016/05/25/no-we-shouldnt-lower-the-voting-age-to-16/#1d302712385a
    http://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/editorials/article/Voting-should-remain-a-privilege-for-adult-9206099.php

  • cschaf

    Proposition F, if voted in, allows 16 and 17 year olds to vote in local and school board elections. I believe this should be passed. I understand not allowing them to vote on National or State levels, but these youth should be allowed to vote for local elections (to get involved in their community), and school board elections (because they are still attending school, therefore they have a right to vote for what and how they are learning). ” Today’s teens not only should have a say in the issues that affect them most, they are perfectly capable of responsibly exercising the franchise.” (http://washingtonmonthly.com/2016/10/18/sixteen-year-olds-are-smart-let-them-vote/?platform=hootsuite). This article clearly explains why Proposition F should pass.

  • Joey Mancini

    If a sixteen year old cannot join the military, there is no way they should be able to vote. The right to vote is given to adults, not children. I am seventeen and I miss being able to vote in the presidential election by just over a month, and I am fine with it. I have not had the life experience or am well-versed enough in politics to have my own political identity. In four years, however, I will have developed my own set of political beliefs, and can make an informed decision when I vote. The same goes for today’s sixteen and seventeen year-olds. In four years they can vote, but they shouldn’t be able to vote while they are in 10th or 11th grade. If they are really eager to vote, they can participate in Congressional votes when they are 18. San Francisco is proposing to lower the voting age for local elections, but that is absolutely ridiculous. Sophomores and juniors in high school are in no way mature enough to vote.

    • Jessica Mitchell

      I agree with the military part. I think that is such a good point and it makes a lot of sense. I completely agree with that.

  • Jack Kempton

    I don’t think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. They definitely lack life experiences and political knowledge in order to vote. I’m 18 and I feel like I don’t even have the proper knowledge to vote for anything political. I feel like a solid majority of 16 year olds who vote wouldn’t have a clue as to why they voted. They also probably wouldn’t know much about who they voted for. Though it’s only affecting local communities, that’s still a big deal for the adults of those communities. 16 year olds also lack excitement / interest in voting (http://www.wnd.com/2015/12/foolish-idea-to-allow-16-year-olds-to-vote/). This may also start escalating into lowering the age restriction to other state or federal laws.

    • aikimoe

      What is “the proper knowledge to vote for anything political?” What makes you believe that most people who are older than 18 have this “proper knowledge?”

    • Jessica Mitchell

      I agree with them not knowing what they voted for and who they would vote for. I also agree with the lack of excitement and interest when voting. They are still kids they want to do fun things.

  • Jessica Mitchell

    I don’t think 16 year olds should be aloud to vote because they have not had enough experiences in the world to know everything that is going on, especially in an election. If 16 year olds were aloud to vote that wouldn’t understand what they are voting for. I feel like they have not been out in the world enough to know the struggles that it is going through to where they can have an opinion.

  • Maddie

    I think that 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote because whatever happens in their community will affect them. I don’t necessarily think that age matters because 16 and 17 year olds have to follow the laws as well as the rules of the road when driving. If they are old enough to do these things, then voting for who gets elected should be no different because they will choose who they think will benefit what they believe in just like anyone else who votes. Children are “dumb”, they know more than they let on as well as have opinions in which should be shared and mattered.

  • Kaneen Muldrow

    I believe that students should not be able to vote. They could misuse that opportunity or simply vote for no reason. Voting is a privilege and should require an age limit. If there is no restriction on age, people may think other laws can be changed. Laws that require ages are input for a reason and should not be changed. 16 year olds are simply to immature to able to vote. While many of them may be mature enough, not all are. And extending this privilege affects all 16 year olds not just the mature ones.

  • KatieScott

    I think that 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote in local elections, especially for school boards. The kids who are going to school should be able to have a say in school board elections.

    Also the National Youth Rights Association (http://www.youthrights.org/issues/voting-age/top-ten-reasons-to-lower-the-voting-age/) makes some great points about youth voters. The first is that there is no right or wrong when voting: a republican is going to think that voting for a democrat is wrong, and a democrat is going to think voting for a republican is wrong. The second point they make is that If we let stupid adults vote, why not let smart youth vote? The argument that youth “should not vote because they lack the ability to make informed and intelligent decisions is valid only if that standard is applied to all citizens.” But yet this standard is applied to young people and not everyone voting.

  • Hugh McGirt

    @KQEDedspace I think that the voting age should be lowered to 16, because the issues that are being voted on could affect a 16-year-old’s life, especially if the vote is for something that will be in place for more than 2 years. There would also be more young voter turnout, because 18-year-olds are worrying about college, possibly moving away from home, and getting their life on track, rendering it difficult for them to vote. Many states’ laws on who is tried as an adult for a crime puts that age below 18, so those under 18 in those states should be able to vote. #DoNowVote

  • M Oliver

    America has an embarrassingly low voter turn out rate, especially in youth voters, and in local elections. (http://www.knightfoundation.org/features/votelocal/). While it’s true that there are some national issues that sixteen and seventeen year olds might not be able to comprehend (http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddavenport/2016/05/25/no-we-shouldnt-lower-the-voting-age-to-16/#2e6b2a46385a), local elections directly affect this demographic. Voter turnout in state elections is alarmingly low. Some would argue that young teens are not knowledgeable enough to vote. However, these youths are in school. In most cases, they are more likely to be educated about electoral issues, especially concerning school board, than their parents. They have direct exposure to the issues impacted by the election of school board officials. As of now, they have no say in choosing who will shape their education, their futures. This is education without representation. Students should be allowed to have a say in the leaders of their educational experience. Furthermore, by engaging young voters earlier, the voting turnout is more likely to increase as they come of age for national elections. They will be more likely to turn up to primary elections and caucuses if they have been exposed to the American political system earlier. They will be more engaged, and have a better knowledge of the importance of voting sooner. As of now, many primary elections are decided by the overzealous supporters of candidates that aren’t necessarily the preference of the majority of each party. Getting young voters to turn up to future elections will help even out the skewed process of choosing candidates. This will allow a major part of the population, indeed, the future of this country, to engage their voices. By involving young people in the vote, we will allow them to understand the value of voting, increasing their chance of participating in national elections when they are of age.

  • Sean Parent

    One problem that is often brought up around election time in the U.S. is how many people actually cast their vote and how not as many young people cast their vote as older generations do. Young people under the age of 26 are still developing in their brains (https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/the-teen-brain-still-under-construction/index.shtml). At the age of 16 it is legal for young people in the U.S. to drive themselves from one place to another yet we don’t allow them to vote. At the age of 18 it is believed that young men and women have developed enough to have valuable insight to the government elections and therefore they have the right to vote. Although it can be argued that voting needs just as much responsibility to vote as it is to drive, the voting age for elections, local and global, should not be lowered. Although this campaign (http://www.fairvote.org/lower_the_voting_age#why_should_we_lower_the_voting_age_to_16) brings valuable opinion concerning that we treat 16 year olds almost the same as we do an 18 year old, young people become responsible for themselves medically when they turn 18, thus we allow them the responsibility to be wise enough about voting and who they can choose to say who should run their country, state, city, and student boards. Although at age 16 young people can drive, pay taxes, and for the first time work without any restriction on hours doesn’t mean they are knowledgeable or mature enough to vote. School boards do effect young 16 year olds in many ways, but that doesn’t mean that enough young people will care or are mature enough to vote for what is best for the many instead of the few. Local elections do also effect young people, but young people can also talk to their parents who are eligible to vote and have thoughtful discussions with them debating on perhaps what would be best for the child instead having the young person who hasn’t done enough research then goes and votes blindly. In some states people at the age of 17 may vote in primaries, but they have to be 18 on the day of or before the actual final election held in November. In conclusion, young people are often to rash and have not matured enough to make a proper decision about voting; another danger with young people voting is drug abuse in teens (http://www.notonmymainestreet.com/maine-press). If teens have started to use drugs like Marijuana, that then goes against a lot of how they mature properly; in addition, many teens abuse alcohol and that furthermore damages the brain and a young person’s decision making abilities and can lead them to make improper decisions when voting do to damaged brain development.

  • Jack Boomer

    Voting age should be the age of legal adulthood. If I can join the military, buy tobacco products, and can be tried as an adult, then I should be able to vote. Then and only then should we be able to vote. It’s that simple. Lowering the voting age will not create a better culture of engagement.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddavenport/2016/05/25/no-we-shouldnt-lower-the-voting-age-to-16/#6c5a7487385a
    http://www.macleans.ca/education/university/dont-drop-the-voting-age/

  • Jackson Start

    I feel that 16 year olds should be able to vote but only on a state level for seniors, congressmen, governors, ect. The only way you should be able to vote is if you have a job that makes you pay taxes to the government. With it being lowered to 16 they can learn from it to be better voters by the time the reach adulthood. Not being pressured when so many things are happening to them with college and the future of their lives being so close to them. With this being lowered it can able young people to become more involved in politics than just sitting on the sidelines.
    http://www.youthrights.org/issues/voting-age/top-ten-reasons-to-lower-the-voting-age/
    http://www.fairvote.org/lower_the_voting_age#why_should_we_lower_the_voting_age_to_16

  • Foster Dennin

    The voting age should not be lowered. While it seems that it would provide more people with the incentive to vote I don’t know that it would. For some it may promote a sense of duty to vote, but people have to be motivated. But being able to vote is a very serious thing. Voting is not a right, it is a privilege and must be treated fairly. Being 18 is an important milestone. With it comes many responsibilities and I think that you should be 18 to vote. If people want to get involved earlier, they can be informed and try to create their opinions then.
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/daviddavenport/2016/05/25/no-we-shouldnt-lower-the-voting-age-to-16/#5877f28b385a

  • Adilene Ruiz

    I would like 16 year olds to vote because this way you can feel like you actually matter in your community and you make a change. It gets you thinking in your future on how you will vote. You start thinking of the benefits of having your candidate win the election. Having more people to vote means more reasons of why they would want to vote for that candidate.

  • Alejandro Hernandez

    I believe that we should be able to vote because we to live here and see the changes our own community have. Also as we know many people say you’re too young or u don’t understand. That isn’t true because we see the community the same way adults do. By this I mean since we have already grown and matured in the since of seeing that what adults told us as children are mostly lies.

  • Aron Meza

    I believe the age to vote should being 16 year old and higher because they are most likely with the most experience and they most likely to understand what will happen. They will be the ones who decide how their future is going to be so they should be allowed to do things that help them mature.There should be a requirement to be able to vote so that people don’t mess around.

  • Tou Chang

    I feel 16 years old should not be able to vote because most aren’t expirence enough. I’m 16 and I’m going through the process to be an adult. 16 years old brain is not fully develop. If we put the same responsibly as an adult on them they would make it. 16 years old should be vote because they don’t have the experience.

  • prisila gonzalez

    The voting should be lower down to the age of 16. Allowing teenager to vote allows them to have a say in their future.They have to abide by the same laws as everyone else shouldn’t they have a say in those rules as well. Most kids are smarter than most adults not only that they are actually well informed because they are still in school.

  • Yaneli Garcia

    I believe that 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. We are part of this world and should have a say in what we think. Many teens have good things to say on how we could become a better world. If we have the right to drive then we should have the right to vote. Half of the ballots issues relate to youths but yet we are not able to vote. Teens are capable of being responsible and making the correct choice.

  • Melissa Silva

    I think most 16 years and up are capable of voting. There teenagers out there that really want to chose would going to run they country and most adults don”t even care about it. Sixteen year-olds function at about the same level on cognitive, moral, and legal reasoning tests as adults,the very qualities needed to evaluate candidates and issues. It really just depends on the person. The person does have the right if they want to vote or not so it all up to them, but I do know that there some people who wont take it responsibly, but that can’t be avoid, sadly. Some teenager are responsible enough to vote if they really care, even more than adults.

  • Jesus Rodriguez

    I think people of the ages of 16 years old should not be allowed to vote because they do not have as much life experience as much life experience as a person that is older. I would add that there are some smart and talented teenager, but that is only a small group and not the majority. The age of voting should not be messed with and should stay the same.

  • Abbie Sierra

    I feel like 16 year olds should not be able to vote. I agree with some of the people who are saying that we young people lack life experiences and knowledge which can lead to poor choices. This is quite true as well since a human brain is not fully developed until its mid-20s. Another reason why I disagree with this is because some young people wouldn’t take it seriously and will vote randomly for the fun of it, which wouldn’t help the elections in any way. The last reason why I am against this is because say 16 year olds do become allowed to vote, they then would start being treated like an adult which would also lead them to be charged as one as well.

  • Meng Vang

    I think we 16-17 year old should be able to vote. It can help us learn so when we grow up to be like adults we have a better understanding when it comes to presidential debates and government issues. We have a voice and mind too so we should be able to say what we think because its unfair how the higher ups vote. They should at least think about what we think. We may look naive but really we smart in ways too. Everything effects us too, not just the adults. If we were allowed to vote I think adults and teenagers could understand each other more.

  • Shelby Reagan

    In my opinion, I think that Proposition F would be very beneficial towards teens. Most teenagers that are around 16-17 are already mature and responsible. It would be beneficial because they would be preparing themselves for when they turn 18 and actually vote. Teens should be able to vote in their own school board decisions, also.

  • Nellie Vang

    I feel that we should say no on proposition f. I feel this way because it is true that most are lacking knowledge and experience. They wouldn’t understand some issues so they wouldn’t know if they should say yes or no. Also this would somewhat qualify them as adults since they are old enough to vote. In addition, not many young people would vote anyway. They would probably be to busy on social media to pay attention to the local issues. If young people aren’t able to focus in school, how will they able to know and understand local affairs.

  • Ethan Hewitt

    I personally don’t believe that 16 and 17 year olds should be given the right to vote anywhere simply because they aren’t well informed and would go into the voting booth voting for random people for mayor. To simply put it, if you’re able and old enough to fight and die for your country, then you’re most certainly ready to vote. However, if you’re not old enough to do such a thing, then you shouldn’t be able to cast your vote. Considering that people from the ages 18 to 24 already have a low voting turnout then it doesn’t make sense to allow more uninformed people to vote, especially since most of them wouldn’t take it seriously at all. This is no disrespect to the 16 and 17 year olds who are mature, but considering most are still immature, then they shouldn’t be allowed to vote on important issues that not only impact their lives, but others as well.

  • Grace Gouveia

    In many ways, kids 16 and 17 years old have been put into stereotypes of being reckless, impulsive, and immature, but people don’t seem to realize how often kids break these stereotypes. 16 year olds function the same level in cognitive, moral, and legal reasonings as adults do and that’s really all you need to make an educated vote. Maybe some 16 and 17 year olds don’t know enough about the subject to be able to vote, but many adults don’t know much either. We do not weed out low-information voters so if you’re fine letting an uneducated adult vote then it shouldn’t matter. I think 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote because there’s no reason for them not to. They are smart enough and educated enough to vote on things that directly affect them and their lives.

  • Solomon Her

    I strongly believe that the legal age to vote should be lowered because most of the ballot involves young people and affects young people, with the legal age to vote, we can have a voice in these decisions instead of just watching. Skeptics may say that we lack the knowledge to vote and make these important decisions, but according to a 2007 Scientific American article in a practical assessment, sixteen year olds function at the same level on cognitive, moral, and legal reasoning tests as adults, proving that young people can make decisions like voting.

  • Charles Lamb

    16 year old students should not be able to vote. Yes they pay taxes, they have to abide by the same laws as everyone else. And many are old enough to work and get behind the wheel, but they are just too young. 16 year-olds are immature and would not have enough experience in life to know our countries and issues. It wouldn’t be a good idea for them to vote because they would just vote for someone to be president and not know why they should be president. If 16 year-olds were allowed to vote, in some states, they would be treated like an adult, as in matters of consent and criminal prosecution.

  • Mai Chang

    I agree that 16 years old should allowed to vote. First, they get to pay taxes on everything they buy, no matter what their age is. Second, our votes matter even though they are at a young age because they are part of the community. Some people may say that they didn’t have that experience of choosing the president. If they can’t vote at the age of 16, they can’t have experience. We should get this opportunity to make our vote matters.

  • Nia Smiley

    In my opinion, I don’t think 16-Year-Olds should be allowed to vote in elections. I think that it is good that they want to get involved in an issue like this and that they are thinking about this at such a young age. However, this is an adult issue, there is a reason they made the law for you to be 18. Most teenagers won’t see the issues the same way as an adult. “The voting age was set at 18 because that’s the age at which people could be drafted and die for their country. [Those under 18] don’t have enough life experience or history and don’t know the issues in enough detail.” stated by Curtis Gans (Should 16-Years-Old be allowed to vote?) It’s hard to get teenagers involved already, but we need an adult’s’ perspective to make these decision.

  • Katelyn Moua

    I believe that the legal age to vote should be allowed to vote because they have to be put through the same trials as adults that 18 and over. The ballots and choices that the government makes, affects the younger generations, because they live through those periods of time. Although, they might not be mature enough, not all 16 yr olds are like that. It depends on the type of person, that would take it serious, knowing that who they choose, will lead the country.

  • Zachary Wells

    I don’t think 16 and 17 year olds should vote on anything more than school elections, simply because they lack real-world experience. At such a young age, they often make spur of the moment choices that can affect what they vote, which can negatively affect their community. Many 16 and 17 year olds can be easily swayed in their choices, if someone suggests they should do something else than what they want, they still may do it. In short, those under 18 should not be allowed to vote on community issues because it can greatly affect the world around them.

    • bgirl272

      This is true. Most of the issues involved wouldn’t even effect them and so they shouldn’t be able to vote on them. Also since they don’t effect them they may be even less educated when they vote.

  • Monica Cabello

    I believe that 16 year olds should not be able to vote because they don’t really ave a clue on what is going on in the political world. Most teenagers get their information from social media which gives false information so, their vote maybe rigged to go certain way. Lastly I think that they have yet to experience enough to know what candidate is the correct choice.

  • Regina Navarro

    I do not agree that 16 year olds should be able to vote because most of the younger generation are completely indecisive and are not informed really about the way voting goes. Also most teens 16-17 are very immature so giving them a privilege would not necessarily do any good. Voting should just stay at 18 years old or older.

  • Tyler

    I’m almost 16 and I believe Age 18 should stay the legal voting age everywhere. Anyone younger than 18 does not have enough information or experience to be able to make political decisions. If 16 year want to be treated like adults and get the right to vote they should also have to deal with other things that show adulthood being lowered such as crime consequences and sexual consent. The reason the voting age is 18 was for the soldiers in Vietnam to have a chance to vote for their leader. A 16 year old isn’t even allowed to go to battle therefore most decisions aren’t first hand but probably from research on biased website or parents insight, not their own. That is why I believe a 16 year old should not have the right to vote.

  • Patrick Nelson

    People 16 years of age and older should be able to vote because they are old enough to take part in what is going on in our community. They have the same duties that adults have now, and they are able to get behind the wheel and work. With the improved educational system, the youth is shown to be much more smarter than adults and elders. Nevertheless, adults make decisions for youth that they should be asking the youth about because they will be the ones affected by it. It’s their future; let them start deciding. We can’t always depend on the adults to do everything for us, because when they’re gone, the youth would be lost. Teach them now so they’re ready for the world.

  • Jonathan Rodriguez

    I believe that students should not be able to vote. They could misuse that opportunity or simply vote for no reason. Voting is a privilege and should require an age limit. If there is no restriction on age, people may think other laws can be changed. Laws that require ages are input for a reason and should not be changed. 16 year old’s are simply to immature to able to vote. While many of them may be mature enough, not all are. And extending this privilege affects all 16 year old’s not just the mature ones.

  • Ryan Meidlinger

    I believe that voting age should not be lowered to 16 because many things correspond with the voting age of 18 and if it is lowered then there will be issues with wanting to lower other things like the age of service. Also many 16 year-olds are not smart enough or don’t have enough experience to know the correct thing to vote for. There are some who are smart enough but the number of people that don’t know are much more than those who do. Finally they are still children and they may just vote on what their parents vote for and then they will rely on their parents for their vote.

  • Nicole Guerrero

    I believe that 16-17 year olds should be allowed to vote. Younger people voting would mean an increase in civic participation, which is something that we need. Some believe that 16 year olds are too young to vote or they shouldn’t vote because they can’t fight for their country at 16. However, 16 year olds have proven to be knowledgeable enough to vote properly. Also, if this proposition was passed, 16 year olds would gain more rights.

  • Adreanna Saephan

    In my opinion, I believe that teens under the age of 18 should not be able to vote. Many would base their votes on what others may say or post on social media. Voting is serious and should not be taken as if it were a game. Another reason would be that teens are simply not mature enough to give an honest vote, based on what they have learned from campaigns and elections. Teens are inexperienced and when they are allowed to vote only about 50% of them will actually vote, since most don’t even want to do school work.

  • Luis Carrillo

    I believe 16 years old should not be allowed to vote in the presidental election. They are to young and most lack life experience and can misuse the opportunity to vote. Also many do not even have the political knowledge to vote. It would just be best if the voting age stayed at 18.

  • Archimedes Alejandre

    I don’t think 16 and 17 year olds should vote in their community and local matter where they live. They do not have the life experience to make big decisions that would effect others. Many at that age don’t even know what they want to do after high school. Also at that age they prone to making bad decisions. That is why if they break the law they are given lighter treatment than 18 year olds. Overall 17 and 17 year olds don’t have the experience and the details to vote.

  • Natallie Thao

    In my opinion, I believe that teens under 18 should not be able to vote. Voting is a serious thing, you have to take it very seriously and many would base their votes sometimes on social media. Also, teens under 18 are not mature enough to give an honest vote. Another reason is that they are young and they might lack life experince.

  • Reyna Ochoa

    People under 18 shouldn’t have the freedom to vote and give their input. They do not have much knowledge to have a voice on which president will be elected. If teens were eligible to vote then people wouldn’t take the elections seriously. It is best for them to wait until their more independent, responsible, and mature to vote. It is an important decision that will effect us in the future and it should be held by adults not teens. This is why teenagers shouldn’t be allowed to vote.

  • Chase Williams

    My stance on the issue is that I am for Proposition F due to how I believe it can do good for those that it would affect, the youth. I believe that many of the people who take advantage of Proposition F if it is passed, will be able to express the opinion on subjects that affect them and because it may affect them, they are able to provide a new viewpoint on different matters. Getting 16 and 17 year olds involved with such matters can get the youth prepared to be involved with nationally issues that they will have to weigh in on when the become older. I understand though why some adults believe that some of the youth are not mentally ready for such responsibilities but does not seem fair to those who are responsible and are ready to get involved.

  • William Seifert

    I think that 16 and 17 year olds should not be allowed to vote. They are not mature enough to look into and study what they are voting for causing them to vote for whatever their friends want. They should also focus on school work instead of thinking about local issues, as that is a responsibility for adults.

  • Max Suwaileh

    I think the voting age should still stay at age 18 because people who are underage do not know anything about politics yet they still got a lot to learn. The underage voting would let people who are 16 and 17 make mistakes on their ballot they just follow their friends and they would believe anything they hear on the internet and TV. They should keep the age limit the same. They still got a lot to learn that is why what San Francisco is doing is good because they are learning by letting them vote for their mayor and school board and other city officials that is how they get to learn. That is why the age limit should stay the same. by MUAD SWEILAH

  • Liliana Figueroa

    In the end, I believe we should not lower the voting age.Even though I can see why teens would like to vote I think we don´t have a good understanding of what we would be doing.With the 2016 election, I hear many peers joke they would vote for Trump just to see what happens.Or that Trump is rude so, they would vote for Hilary. They don´t even take into consideration other aspects of the candidates which shows how immature people our age really are. Although, there are the few who may be mature enough to vote they still lack experience. All in all, I think the voting age is fine at 18.

  • Amanda Martin

    Many people argue that 16-17 year olds are mature and that they should have a say in what occurs around them. The problem with this is that the voting age is often considered the legal adult age. Adults are the ones responsible for taking the youth’s best interest into account and to vote accordingly. If the voting age is pushed back to 16, then 16-year-olds should be considered adults. They should be able to have the right to join the military, indulge in adult substances, and most importantly, be tried as adults. 16 year olds should be chucked in jail along with other dangerous criminals, when they commit the same crime. But, this is not so. The law recognizes that 16 year olds sometimes make mistakes because of the lack of experience. They are still learning about the world around them. The law gives 16 year olds the chance to be on probation, because they deserve another chance at life. Voting is tied into this. If 16 years old is too young to be tried as an adult, then it is too young to vote.

  • Jose Badillo

    I believe that 16 and 17 year olds should not be able to vote. I understand where they are coming from when they are wanting to be able to speak for themselves but there will always be individuals who are immature and will misuse their privelage. There will always be individuals who lack the life experience or knowledge in order to make reasonable decisions. Some individuals will be very immature and take advantage of their privelage but when there is a serious matter at hand there is no need for any immaturity.

  • Destiny Lee

    I believe that 16 and 17 year olds should not vote. Why? Voting is a serious thing. When you vote, you’re voting a person who will lead the whole entire United States. Teens at this age are also easily swayed. They will only believe what other people believe without knowing the actual facts. Some may be mature, but some are also really immature. Basically, 16 and 17 year olds should not be able to vote.

  • Alyssa McCabe

    I believe that students should be able to vote if it only involves their city. In this video, they are not speaking of presidential voting, they are wanting the right to vote for their local city. When it comes to local voting, there are certain situations that involve students. So why is it fair to allow adults to vote in place of them? These students are experiencing these situations and it seems that they are serious about having this right to voice their opinion to the point where it matters.

  • Seven Gardner

    People underage should not vote because they’re minds are still developing and they do not have the knowledge to know what they are actually picking, unless they actually research government issues and politics. Also they are immature, they would probably end up voting for fun and attention. The voting age should stay 18 and up.

  • Jesus Hernandez

    I believe that 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote. 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote because it would improve civic participation in local events. 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote because it would give students a voice in how things that affect them directly are run. 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote despite that they are reckless and impulsive because many adults are like that as well and they are allowed to vote.

  • Adriana Lopez

    I believe that 16-year-old should not be able to vote. I believe they shouldn’t be able to vote for reasons such as not knowing issues with details, and do not have much life experience and knowledge to make decisions. As well as how the video mentions that young people must wait until the age of 18 because it makes no sense to send the message that voting is a responsibility any less serious.

  • Jaden Bun

    I believe that 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote because it allows their opinions to be seen in their community that they live in. If 16 and 17 year olds can be tried as adults in the system of criminal justice they should be able to be treated as adults and allowed to vote. Although some teens may not be informed, they wouldn’t vote because they wouldn’t care, and the ones that do care would be informed and would want to vote.

  • Kalea Zambrano

    I do not think that 16 and 17 year old teenagers should have the right to vote for something as serious as the presidential candidate for many reasons. The kids could be peer pressured and vote for someone just because their friends are making them or persuading them. They could also just go off of what their parent’s opinions are instead of actually knowing some of the facts. As seen on social media, many adolescents like to mess around about politics, so some kids would vote just to mess around and not even take it seriously. Therefore, I think anyone under 18 should just stick to being teenagers and not have to worry about things like voting until they’re old enough to handle the situation seriously.

  • Tatyana Anderson

    I don’t think teeangers should vote. I think this because majority of the teenagers aren’t really involved with whats going on. You need to be 18 to qualify as an adult, I think you should be 18 to be considered as an adult and have the right to vote. Teeangers still got a long way to lern how this world is set up, they shouldnt be worried about this until they are at the age of 18.

  • Analeesia Salas

    I believe that 16 and 17 year old’s should not vote. I feel that most on them are not mature enough to vote. I think that a lot of them, not all of them, do not know about political subjects or take the time to research about politics. Many 16 and 17 year olds are naive because they are so young, most of them own a social media account which could affect their decisions about many things. They would be getting biased information and not good quality true information. This is why the age limit for voting should not be lowered

  • Andrew “Kaepernick” Rodriguez

    I believe 16 and 17 year old should vote because it will create a movement in which more teens vote and get involved in politics. Furthermore this will increase the voter turnout among the young. The young’s opinion will help create a more clear and concise opinion of the people of the United States. Finally the young voting will create a conversation among the youth.

  • Kiley Cairncross

    I don’t think that sixteen years should be able to vote. The reason that I think that sixteen should not vote is because they don’t understand what is going and don’t know what they are voting for. Even though some of those sixteen year olds pay taxes and support themselves, they don’t have any life experience. Some sixteen year olds may not take the voting seriously and just vote for some random person and they dont even know what they are saying they are going to do to fix the econimy.

  • Christopher Lee

    Young voters should not vote, only because I believe 16 year-olds are too young. It is true that they are inexperienced and don’t know what exactly is going on in the world. They would also have to pay taxes and abide by the same laws as everyone else. 16 year olds don’t know what they are voting for or they’ll just take someone else’s advice.

  • Andrea Zarate

    I think that 16 year olds should not be allowed to vote because they are too young to make big decisions. If they have to wait to serve their country then they have to wait to vote. Teens lack on making good decisions and for something like this is a big deal. Some 16 and 17 year old dont even know half of the things that going on in the world.

  • Amanda Williams

    I myself do not agree with 16 and 17 year olds having the right to vote. For one, I think it takes being out in the real world to know what can hurt or help your community. Giving them that right without any experience can tarnish what has already been built. Frankly, as a whole, 16 and 17 year olds are not informed enough and might know the affects when it comes to their votes.

  • Anyssa Santos

    I believe that 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote on local elections, Some of these elections involve them and they should be able to put their input in instead of just adults putting in what they think i best for us. A Lot of 16 and 17 year olds do take this stuff very serious and this does matter to them whether or not it involves them or not. Just because some of these teens don’t have much real world experience doesn’t mean they don’t understand what’s being voted on.

  • Samantha Grijalva

    I think they should keep it to 18, yeah I think it’s cool that teens now want to be able to vote, but I think that they’re too young. I think voting for certain things like voting for mayor. Something city or state level but when it comes to voting for president then Nope, because they are way too young.

  • Harvey Santoyo

    I believe the voting age should not be lowered. It might give teens a voice in politics, must of them might not take it seriously and vote for a random person which could a have a huge effect. And voting should only be granted to people who take it seriously and not as a joke. If letting teens to be able to vote at 16 and 17 they can start to consider them adults.

  • Gildardo Ruiz

    I decided to lean to the side were 16 year olds should not be allowed to vote because it seems that voting at such a young age would most like let people take advantage of these voters and persuade them to vote a certain way.
    Also, Teenagers have alot more to worry about like getting a good eduction as well as focus on achiving their long term goals like getting into a University or a College.I believe that Voting would only un-focus teens of what they are trying to reach.

  • Kaley Kranich

    I believe that we should lower the voting age to 16. Some might say that people of that age are too young to vote, or they are too irresponsible to vote. Though, these elections directly affect the youth, and we should have a say. We are allowed to drive at 16, we can begin working at 16, what is holding us back from voting at 16? 16-17 year-olds want a say, but we do not have the right to vote because we are “too young”. Let us vote in our local elections.

  • Dylan Hardin

    I believe that these young adults should not be able to vote at the age of 16. This is because these young adults are truly not ready to take this big step and vote. These young adults will misuse this opportunity they are getting to vote, and end up ruining this voting right for everybody. These young adults also don’t have enough experience with this subject. Most of them are not taught enough or informed enough on this subject so they do not have the experience the experience that is needed for this particular subject. This is why I believe 16 year olds should not vote.

  • Uriel Ramos

    I don’t think they should be allowed to vote because people know that sometime teen don’t make the right choice. Think about it older have more experience than young people. I get it I’m young and I want to vote but I would have has much experience as the adult that are voting and might make a wrong choice. Matthew Green had a good example,“I think it’s a dumb idea,” argued Curtis Gans, former director of the Committee for the Study of the American Electorate at American University. “The voting age was set at 18 because that’s the age at which people could be drafted and die for their country. [Those under 18] don’t have enough life experience or history and don’t know the issues in enough detail.” Not only did the people who created this nation made voting age 18 and over.

  • Kyle Beaudry

    I do not believe the voting age should be lowered. A 16 year old still needs time to mature and figure out all of their responsibilities. At the age of 18 you become a young adult and to be successful you must learn to be responsible, for this I think it makes the age limit a reasonable restriction. Also young voters may not take their responsibility to vote seriously and may just “guess” on what is right; this will make the results off from what they should truly show which will cause issues.

  • Nelly Saldana

    I personally believe that 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote. Stereotypes have given the appearance that teenagers are reckless, immature, etc. But have never seemed to notice that most of the teenage community is breaking these stereotypes. They act as adults have morals and do their research. Either if they go into a booth and vote for a random person it still encourages to vote at an older age. But i believe that they are smart enough to do their research and use their rights for the right reasons.

  • Felipe Ruiz

    I don’t think 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote because they lack real-world experiences and I think it’s to young. If they did they would start treating 16 and 17 year olds as if they were adults. I think that 16 and 17 year olds are not mature enough yet to vote for things so serious.

  • Raul Pena

    The voting age shouldn’t be brought down to 16 or 17 because it’s too young. There are too many immature teens that wouldn’t take it seriously. 16 years old on’t seem experienced and old enough to know the issues that are at hand. Also, they are more likely to give in to peer pressure. If a lot of their friends are voting for someone they could change their mind on who to vote for. Another con is that changing this age ceiling could result in the changing of others, like that of criminal prosecutions.

  • Kevin Vang

    I think the age of 16 and 17 are too young to let teens vote. I don’t think teens have the knowledge to vote yet and voting should stay at 18 which is the year we can join the military.

  • Cristofer Trejo

    I believe that 16 and 17 year old’s should not vote. I feel that most on them are not mature enough to vote. I think that a lot of them, not all of them, do not know about political subjects or take the time to research about politics. Many 16 and 17 year old’s are naive because they are so young, most of them own a social media account which could affect their decisions about many things. They would be getting biased information and not good quality true information. This is why the age limit for voting should not be lowered.

  • Kiana Pineda

    I agree that giving 16 and 17 year olds the right to vote for things such as school department board and mayor will only get them ready for when they do turn 18 and can vote for the president. Many 16 and 17 year olds are involved in politics and things going on in their towns, i feel all of us should have some type of voice in whats being done for the cities we live in. We are all capable of voting and have our opinion on local votes.

  • Lyric Moreno

    By decreasing the age to allow it so that seventeen year olds could vote would come along with issues. By allowing minors to vote this could be a factor that changes the outcome of the presidential campaign. There are both benefits and loses that would come along with this new law. Some of the pros would be that younger people would be more involved in what is happening around them, but on the other hand they would not know what to do with this. The cons that would be included with the changing of this would be that not all of them would take it seriously or they might vote for someone because of peer pressure or simply because they see other people voting for that person. This would mean that they are not entitled to their own opinion, and that they are just going off of what they see others doing. We should just keep the age to vote as it is because once we hit that age of eighteen we are basically not as immature as we were as teens but rather more insightful.

  • Choua Chang

    I don’t agree with letting 16 and 17 years old vote, because I feel like they aren’t old enough yet. They’re still lack real-world experiences and voting is a huge thing. They just need to wait 1 or 2 more years ’til they can vote. Waiting isn’t that long, when every seconds, minutes, days and so on passes by us in a blink of an eye. Letting 16 and 17 years old vote is increasing the amount of people voting. 18 and above is already a lot of people, adding 16 and 17 will be too much.

  • Stephanie Graviola

    I believe that teens should be allowed to vote. I believe that teens should be allowed to vote for things concerning their city and school to prepare them to vote for more major decisions and vote for things regarding the country. Yes, teens are impulsive and they take risks, many more risks than adults, but those risks might just lead to something great. If it concerns things such as the schools teens should be allowed to vote for what they consider to be better for a place which they are acquired to attend. I believe that things should be allowed to vote for things regarding the city ans its schools if they are the ones who have to deal with the outcome.

  • Joseph Montoya

    I do not think that 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote. Most kids these ages are not fully matured and have not experienced life for themselves. I also believe that the younger crowd can be persuaded more easily compared to people over the age of 21. I also believe that many people would just vote for whoever and would not even put an ounce of effort into researching anything about the person. Another thing that aids my statement is that kids would begin to fight for other things such as being able to buy things without being over the age of 21.

  • Jose Munoz

    I think 16 and 17 year olds should be able to vote because then they can vote on things that will affect them and not be a bystander. They should be able to vote in local things and on things that effect them.

  • Wendy Deleon

    In my personal opinion I believe 16-17 year olds are too young to vote and they should not be eligible to vote because of the fact that many lack life experience and interest. Im certain that many of the teenagers won’t even know who they are voting for and why. Knowing that many 18 year olds now do not bother to vote, why should 16 year olds even be able to vote. There might be 16 year olds who are mature and show interest in politics, but it is best if they wait 2 more years.

  • Nicholas Welliver

    i do not believe that 16 or 17 year olds should have the right to vote on anything more than school elections, for the reason that their brains are still developing and they cant really comprehend the severity of voting. Voting is a privilege for adult us citizens not children who dont know what their talking about

  • Emily Prado

    I think 16 year-olds should have the right to vote because many of the propositions we have affect them as well. Many 16 year-olds have jobs so taxes affect them as well as if the minimum age was to get lowered or raised. They also have to follow the same rules as someone who does have the chance to vote has to follow, together we can help each other make the right choice for all of us.

  • Daisy Gonzales Carrillo

    I don’t think 16 and 17 year olds should vote because they don’t have much life experience to make a decision like that . I think that many would take advantage of the privilege to vote and not take in serious.

  • Jacobs Moua

    I think we as 16-17 year old should be able to vote of how things are happening now. Maybe there is some people who are immature but it does affect all of us no matter what. But if you think, there will be some people who are not going to vote even as adults isn’t that hypocritical. Saying that teens are not mature enough, when we know some adults are also not mature enough as well. Which is why maybe they should give a chance to the younger generation to also help the US become a better country. We know it is an important decision but are you going to let uneducated people that are over the age of 18 vote as well? Which is also affecting us minors that are in the US or everywhere in the world; we are like puppets that are trapped without a voice. As we are learning in school, we are educated throughout more than an adult who would’ve been in the 21st century because the school system is changing by every year. Even though we may be lacking experience in life, it doesn’t mean we can not vote. Age doesn’t really matter in my opinion, there could be someone who is younger that can be more wise or superior than an adult who is experienced.

  • Cristina Mendez

    I do not think 16 and 17 year old should have the right to vote. I do think at that age, most teens lack life experience and knowledge to make informed decisions about voting. If voting were lowered to 16, America may now treat 16 year olds as adults.

  • Morgan Miguel

    I do not believe 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote. In America, voting is a very responsible thing to be allowed to do. I do not think all 16 and 17 year olds are mature enough to vote for who should be in power. They can wait 1 to 2 years to reach the age of 18 to vote. Not all of the teens would take it serious enough to vote for what they actually think is right. A lot of teenagers would jump on a bandwagon and would vote for the same person their friends are voting for, not who they actually thought was right.

  • Mallory Pazin

    I believe that the voting age should be lowered to 16. We should be allowed to have a voice in matters that concern us. Some people might say we are still too young to make important decisions, but most teens by the time they reach 16 are mature enough to vote. Voting at 16 on issues that are local can prepare you to start voting on bigger issues, like the presidential election. If we are allowed to drive and have jobs we should be able to vote. When you give teens a voice, it makes them feel like their opinions matter.

  • Leanne Melo

    In my opinion, cities should not reduce the age for voting because then why wouldn’t they be considered adults. If they were to be considered adults at that age then if they were to commit a crime they would be penalized by the full law. Another reason why I think 16 and 17 year old people shouldn’t be able to vote is becuase they don’t have enough life experience and specialist have said that te brain is still maturing till people’s mid to late 20’s.

  • Sebastian Acevedo

    I think that 16 and 17 year olds should not be allowed to vote. They are not mature enough to look into and study what they are voting for causing them to vote for whatever their friends want. They can be manipulated by the media. #DoNowVotingAge @bchsb12chem

  • Katelyn Labelle

    Think that 16 year old should not be able to vote. I think this because kids, we are easily influenced. I know that half of the kids that go to my school don’t even know why to hate Trump, they just hate him because everyone else hates him. Another reason why we shouldn’t be able to vote is because we aren’t taxpayers, so we wont experience the backlash that the adults will.

  • Theresa Tiscareno

    A sixteen year old should have the right to vote. If you think about it a sixteen year old is already allowed to do many things such as: get a job legally, get a driver’s license, and some are allowed to get married with parental consent. Everyone who has a job has to get taxed including 16 and 17 year old kids, so why don’t they get an opportunity to vote? We trust 16-17 year old kids to drive and yet they can’t vote? And some parents trust them enough to have their own family, do they at least deserve the right to vote?

  • Carson Hayes

    I do not think that they should be able to vote because youngeriji people tent to make bad decisions.

  • Vanessa Williams

    I believe we should vote and should have a say so in who is the president. I would love to vote so we can have a say so in this world

  • Alexia Velazquez

    I believe that we should lower the voting age to 16. Some might say that people of that age are too young to vote, or they are too irresponsible to vote. Though, these elections directly affect the youth, and we should have a say. We are allowed to drive at 16, we can begin working at 16, what is holding us back from voting at 16? 16-17 year-olds want a say, but we do not have the right to vote because we are “too young”. Let us vote in our local elections.

  • Laila Musleh

    I don’t think 16 and 17 year olds should vote because they are too young to understand what’s really going on. Also at that age you really won’t know who to vote for because you still live under your parents roof and listen to who they want to vote for making you want to vote for them also. The thing about voting as an adult or 18 years of age is you making and having your own choices on you own without having anyone tell you what to do. It’s just better to wait until your a legal adult to make better and smarter choices with your vote. #DoNowVotingAge @bchsb12chem

  • Blaine Ball

    I dont think that at the age of 16 or 17 one is ready to vote on major issues that a well informed adult would be. Until an individual is fully informed and aware of the importance of voting and the topics at hand, they should have to wait until they are 18, or feel confident in their knowledge on the subjects. Yes, there are 16 and 17 year olds that are well informed and ready, but those individuals are small exceptions. #DoNowVotingAge #MyCMSTArgs

    • Saraya Rider

      I disagree with this statement. I believe that there is not much difference in the maturity levels between 16,17, and 18 year olds who can legally vote. I make this claim based on the fact that all three of these ages are how old typical high school seniors meaning that though some people are at the same points in their lives, some have more freedom than others.

    • bgirl272

      I think waiting is a good key point. It is really a matter of line drawing and 18 is a good place to draw it. But we must be consistent for this being the age of an adult. You just have to wait to get there.

    • Tanya Arevalo

      I could not agree more. There are some informed teens who probably are well informed about elections and politics, but the majority are not informed. Its already difficult to adults ages 18-25 to vote, so it would not make sense to lower the voting age to 16 and 17 year olds. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Saraya Rider

    Yes, I believe 16 and 17 year olds should be allowed to vote in their school board and local elections. I believe that it would be both a good way to get the young people more interested in being involved and would give them more experience for when the time comes for state and national level elections. I believe giving more freedom to the young would make them feel important and as if they are being heard in their communities. Allowing the young to vote would be nothing but beneficial, especially since what they would be voting for would directly impact them and their lives. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Olivia Nemmers

    I think that people under the age of 18 should not be allowed to vote. I feel that people under the age of 18 should not be allowed to vote because 16 may be too young of an age, voting should remain an adult privilege, young people need to wait to serve their country, such as voting, until they are 18, young people do not have enough history or experience to know the issues in enough detail.

  • bgirl272

    I don’t think they should be able to vote. You have to draw the line between being a child and an adult somewhere and I think 18 is a good one. You don’t pay taxes at this age, you can’t drink legally, or even rent a rental car. I feel the right to vote is for adults and you are considered one at the age of 18. https://www.quora.com/Why-are-you-legally-considered-an-adult-at-18

    • Tanya Arevalo

      I agree with you there is a line drawn for a reason. Our views change tremendously over time. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Madison Garcia

    I think that the voting age should be lowered to the age of sixteen or seventeen. I believe in this because there are many immature voters already so what big difference is it going to make just adding a couple more. Also, often students are more aware of political views than their parents. Since most of the votes revolve around teens and their schooling enviroment they should be able tohave a say so in the matter.

    • Kyle F-Bones

      I agree that the public school system has failed a number of young voters (18-24) however I believe that opening that lowering the voting age will continue to contribute to the amount of uninformed voters even if some teenagers are politically savvy. It could lead to possible catastrophic consequences if these new voters were to vote for a candidate that seemed “hip” to them despite having deadly possibilities. Do you think you were able to understand complex public policies at 16? I sure wasn’t. #mycmstargs #donowvotingage

  • Tanya Arevalo

    I don’t think the voting age should be lowered to 16 and 17 year olds. Young adults have to obey by the same rules and pay taxes just like adults do but there is no way they are fully prepared to make decisions that will affect everyone in our country not only themselves. At age 16 I was not as informed about the elections nor did I have the right mindset to make huge decisions like the decision to vote. There is a reason why the age 18 is the legal number to become an adult and make the proper decisions that will affect you and other people. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Kenneth Peters

    No. Few groups are more easily emotionally manipulated then teenagers, its like Suffrage all over again.

    Inflammatory comments aside, I actually believe that allowing teens to vote on stuff that actually effects them (school-boards, local ordinances, education budgets, etc) would foster civic duty, which has been on the decline since Civics was cut due to lack of funding (hint hint). I am iffy towards anything further then that, because as I stated before (pardon my stereotype) teens are easily emotionally manipulated and tend to try and follow trends, either from there peers, mainstream media, social media, etc.. Now, before I get a bunch of “thats not me/thats not my kid”, thats nice if you’re exceptional, I was talking about the mass of mouth-breathing millennials who go out of there way to prove me right.
    #DoNowVotingAge #MyCMSTArgs

  • gennisis

    I strongly believe that we should lower voting ages because everyone always talks about teenagers not being interested in politics but it is because they feel like they do not have a say and their words do not matter. I think if we allow people to vote at a younger age they will start to develop an interest in the topic and will want to educate themselves on politics. Society shames teens for not showing an interest or not being aware of what is going on in politics but it’s tough when they categorize the people who can vote based on age. I have spoken to a lot of teens who have told me they are not interested in politics because they believe there opinions do not matter. I think if the voting age was to lower teens would feel like their voice matters and this I think will actually raise the percentage of teens who vote as it has been lowering. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/the-young-voter-turnout-in-2014

    • D Brown

      I think encouraging teens to learn and be informed on politics is enough. They are not adults, and they are not developed enough to make such crucial decisions.

  • Kyle F-Bones

    I do not believe we should lower the voting age from 18 because a majority of underage teens are uninformed and it would have drastic consequences if they were allowed to decide public policies. Civic education in a lot of schools is bad enough anyway so I believe that if you lifted the requirement of being 18, the number of those who don’t even hold civic knowledge will increase resulting in votes for bad policies. You can argue that neither the majority 15-18 year olds don’t have the life experience or complex thinking skills to understand all the issues at stake but since there is a social norm around the age of 18 being the definite date that you are an adult, we should just continue to leave voting rights to those 18 year olds and hope our school systems prepare them enough to make decisions that affect every age group. Young people under 18 can still do plenty of things to support a candidate such as attending rallies, getting people to vote for them, etc, so they’re not entirely left out of the political world. David Davenport, of Forbes Magazine, writes “The last time the voting age was changed nationally was in 1971, with the adoption of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution. With 18-year olds fighting in Vietnam, it seemed wrong to say they couldn’t vote for their national leaders until they were 21” The author makes a good point, there’s not enough reason to lower the voting age even more. #MyCmstArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • D Brown

    At the age of 16, the part of the brain that is responsible for making decisions based on consequence of actions is not fully formed, according to neurologist Frances Jensen, http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124119468.
    It is the frontal lobe that isn’t finished developing, and in order to make such important decisions such as who to vote for, you need a fully formed frontal lobe. It is hard enough for adults to make well informed choices, let’s not try to pile more on teenagers who are already struggling with adolescences.
    #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

    • Melody Sprague

      I completely agree. Even people at the age of 18 arent usually mature enough to take on voting. #MyCMSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

  • Melody Sprague

    I do not think 16 years olds should be allowed to vote for many reasons. First off, we already have a lot of people that aren’t mature enough at the age of 18 to vote, let alone a 16 year old. Also, at 16 you are usually in high school and politics arent really talked about or acknowledged as much.Therefore, at the age you would probably vote for a president for the wrong reasons. For Example, voting for a president to legalize weed would be a huge thing. Also, they should at-least be of age to decide how us adults are affected. #MyMCSTArgs #DoNowVotingAge

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