Skip to comments.Opinion: Why voting age should be lowered to 17
Posted on 08/14/2017 12:30:47 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
Many 18-year-olds are registered for their first semester of college classes, but very few of them are registered to vote. As adults in a democracy, young people have this great privilege and responsibility, yet very few take advantage of the opportunity. Their disregard is not the result of indifference or immaturity, but of an overwhelming amount of new responsibilities.
Assembly Constitutional Amendment 10 (ACA 10) is a bipartisan constitutional amendment that would lower the voting age from 18 to 17 in California. This may seem like a minor shift, but it would be pivotal in youth turnout for elections.
At 17, most teens are taking a civics class in school, yet they are unable to play a role in the subjects they are studying. ACA 10s enactment would allow students to become active participants in the legislative process they are studying. Teachers could encourage voter registration, schools could be polling locations on election day, and voting will become as much of a senior class tradition as homecoming and pep rallies.
By passing ACA 10 and actively encouraging 17-year-olds to register and vote, voter turnout is likely to increase. After that first vote is cast at 17, a habit will be formed, and those who voted will then be more likely to vote in the next election. ACA 10 will catch youth at a time when they are still connected to their school, their home, and their community, rather than expecting their first ballot to be cast at a time when their lives are in transition.
The age of 18 will always be the time of class registration, a new place to live, and finding a job. Let 17 be the time to vote and support the passage of ACA 10.
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Because Kalifornia voters aren’t stupid enough?
You shouldn’t be allowed to vote until you are no longer supported by your parents. Typical age for that is now 26.
Raise it to 25 year old property owners.
They should not be able to vote until they start earning a living and paying taxes.
Ensure they vote before they’ve had time to heal from 12 years of Liberal indoctrination.
Liberals want to treat 18 year olds as adults, except when it comes to paying back loans (too stupid and easily misled into signing for loans) or health care (they are far too fragile, and prone to making bad health care choices as young adults, so they must be carried by their parents)
Of course, given their reasons as stated above...this makes sense.
Let’s make a deal: 17 year olds can vote if voter id (drivers license, non-driver ID or US passport) is required to do so.
Expanding upon a buddy’s assertion years ago, people shouldn’t be able to vote until they’re old enough to drink.
With all the recordings of all the demonstrated stupidity of sophomores in college, and the new desires of academia, in their strides for die-ver-s(p)itty, it is beyond common sense to suggest such a thing.
Not, ‘Naw’, but (word) NAW!’
Besides, this would achieve a voting age YOUNGER than the minimum age for military service.
Until they’re old enough to be President?
If you’re still on your parents health insurance, then you are not yet an adult, so you shouldn’t be voting. If you’re getting handouts from the government (food stamps, etc.) then you shouldn’t be allowed to vote yourself more money from those who are more responsible than you are.
Limit the vote to property owners (21+) and veterans only.
I absolutely agree with you.
The Amendment that lowered the voting age from 25 was a disaster for conservatives.
I support a repeal of that Amendment.
Then again, the Amendment that offered suffrage to females has also been a disaster for conservatives.
“IF they are working and paying taxes. “
So all of my housewife years I wouldn’t have been able to vote——or my retirement years.
17 year olds have neither the maturity nor experience to have yet escaped the political indoctrination they have obtained in school.
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