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This petition is for political action to officially lower the legal age to vote in the UK from 18 to 16.
This is because we believe that at the age of 16, people can leave school, leave home and become a part of working Britain.
We also think that individuals ages 16 have the maturity and the ability to make their own informed descision to vote for a government of their choice.
Apathy among voters today is a major problem in American democracy. In the 1998 elections, only 36.1% of the voting age population turned out to vote, the lowest percentage since 1942, when America was at war. Even in a presidential election year, 1996, turnout was only 49%. This level of turnout makes building a thriving democracy difficult.
Lowering the voting age to sixteen can be a small but meaningful step in raising voter turnout in the District. A lower voting age, combined with a curriculum designed to teach young people about the political process can increase their interest in voting.
A lower voting age would provide:
• More enthusiasm about politics by the youth which would bring more awareness to nonvoting adults
• Active participation in the political process leading to a lifetime of voting
• A forum to encourage government to deal with the concerns of youth that are inadequately addressed
• Protection for the interests of the youth
• Partnerships between young people and adults which will allow both groups to be better represented by allowing a more accurate number of supporters
May 01, 2006
Please allow teens to vote at a lower age.
The united states should lower the voting age to 16. By that time people have a good political stand point.
It is a proven statistic that 18 is the worst time to vote.By that time teens are to stressed out about moving away to college, graduating highschool, and getting out in the world on their own.
Remember when just 100 years ago we gave the women the right to vote? We thought only white men should vote. Our country runs on a system one person one vote. People do not have to show their maturity.
So whos to say a person going in to vote that is 22 has the maturity level of a 14 year old! In some states people can get married at the age of 13, with a parents permission of course. But whos to say that if a child is givin permission by their parents they could vote.
Wouldn't that be a good idea?
Help lower the USA voting age to
Lower the voting age to 16.