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HR#1 Amendment: lower voting age to 16

Discussion in 'Too Hot for Swamp Gas' started by citygator, Mar 11, 2019.

  1. citygator

    citygator Premium Member

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    I don’t want 16 year olds driving much less voting. :devil:

     
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  2. Orange_and_Bluke

    Orange_and_Bluke Premium Member

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    Wow.
    How about raising the voting age to 26. Let people pay taxes a bit, have a child then let's talk.
     
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  3. VAg8r1

    VAg8r1 GC Hall of Fame

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    Maybe it's because I'm an old guy but I don't think 16-year olds have the maturity to vote. One of the reasons I favored lowering the voting age from 21 to 18 was based on the principle that if one may be compelled to fight for his country and possibly pay the ultimate sacrifice he should have a voice in selecting the politicians who would be sending him to war (additionally it directly affected me at the time). That principle is not at all applicable to lowering the voting age to 16.
     
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  4. ursidman

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    Not generally in favor of 16 year-olds period. Especially true for voting.
     
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  5. channingcrowderhungry

    channingcrowderhungry Premium Member

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    Yeah, no.
     
  6. FearNoSpear

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    They are still 8 or so years from their brains fully forming. No bueno.
     
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  7. anstro76

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    I wasn't even in the same party when I was 16... Thank god for those extra two years.
     
  8. gatorpa

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    Yeah that a great idea.
     
  9. carpeveritas

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    Some here may remember the movie Wild In The Streets
    That said I suppose we have come full circle with the idiotic notion that children are adults and can make the best decisions for themselves. When we allow children to make decisions on issues of abortion, gender affiliation etc... Some could argue they are mature enough to vote. As for myself I am totally against it for a multitude of reasons. The main reason is children do not have a life experience of making a living on their own, They have no clue what it takes or what it means to make their own way in this world.

     
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  10. gatorknights

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    Maybe they're just exploiting an untapped uneducated market for fun and profit to stay one step away from the competition.
     
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  11. vaxcardinal

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    the bill also makes election day a government holiday
     
  12. gatorpika

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    I heard a guy who is pushing this talking on the radio and there is some sense behind it. Basically the kids are more likely to vote while they are still in school and encouraged to do so than after they graduate. So voting in one election before they reach 18 would increase the participation rate later when they get out of school. He had some stats behind that too, which might have been cherry picked or might be true, who knows? I don't really see a huge difference between them voting vs. 18 year olds or pretty much anyone in their early 20s to maybe 30. That's about when your idealism starts wearing off for most people.
     
  13. gatorpika

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    I would be for a national holiday, but don't really think the government needs another holiday. Most states have pretty much moved toward off election day options like early voting and absentee ballots, so I don't think there is a huge need to promote election day voting.
     
  14. vaxcardinal

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    I could always use another day off
     
  15. gatorpika

    gatorpika Premium Member

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    Exactly. Or make the holiday everybody except the government. They have not done anything noteworthy since the Clinton administration so they owe us some work.
     
  16. gtr2x

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    Nah, but no biggie they won't find the time to vote anyway.
     
  17. OklahomaGator

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    If you make election day a holiday, take one of the other ones away.
     
  18. channingcrowderhungry

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    Hey everyone look. This guy here doesn't like holidays. Boo this man. Booooooooooo.
     
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  19. docspor

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    did not read any of the above. My wife (smart lib - yeah they exist) & I are both anti democracy. We are proud elitists. 250 years ago, they said this model would fail. Belatedly they were right.

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  20. gatorchamps0607

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    Yeah... no.