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Is the Voting Age Too Low?

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Amanda Kaiser, Flash Staff Reporter

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With the 2016 Election being an important part of the year, many teenagers were riled up about the fact that they were unable to voice their opinions in this important decision.

Because of today’s ability to get almost any information from the internet, many teenagers are caught up in the drama of this election. They know of the candidates thoughts, beliefs, and ideas all because of information they could receive from places like Twitter or Facebook. The fact that the teenagers are informed with the same amount of information as the many adults, yet unable to voice their opinion when it actually matters is disappointing.

Although they believe that they are educated enough to vote, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they are ready. The information they could receive from the Internet could not necessarily be the best information.

Senior Haven Robinson is apart of the group that believes the voting age is already too low. With the deadline being just a few weeks before the election, many of the voters are new 18 year olds who believe they know everything about politics and what’s good for this country. Robinson believes that these 18 year olds believe whatever the media tells them.

“Because the 18 year olds right now, they’re all hype – ”YES, vote for trump!” Trump is not really the right…political candidate for us right now but the things that he says y’know, they excite people – like, ”YES, he’s telling the truth.. YES.” And y’know, young people really like swear words and all that,” Robinson said.

People also argue that the voting age is too low because of the mental development. The fully developed brain does not occur until the age 21. If the brain isn’t fully developed until 21, why are we allowing people to vote under the age of 21?

Another Senior named Emily Beebe believes that allowing anyone with an underdeveloped brain is just asking for trouble.

“You’re mind is not fully developed until like, 21. That’s why it’s the legal drinking age. If you’re not fully ‘THERE’ in your head, and you play sports or something and get concussions that can take off parts of your mental capacity,” Beebe said,

Not being able to use your entire mental capacity can cause inconsistency in one’s mind. Young people are known to not fully stand to their beliefs and convictions, causing them to constantly change their opinions.

“Because of this, you could just vote inconsistently. You hear the candidates and think, ‘This one’s right, this one’s right, this one’s right!’ So you’re kind of drawn both ways,” Beebe said, “but then you hear that everybody else is voting for a certain candidate and you think, ‘okay well I’m gonna vote for them because I don’t wanna be the dumb person for voting for Hillary while everyone’s voting for Trump.’”

Along with pretty much not being able to make a smart decision, many use the argument that those under 21 are not allowed to consume alcohol, so why should they be able to vote?

“If the government doesn’t think you’re able to handle alcohol, why do they think you’re able to handle the future of the United States?” Robinson said.

Robinson and Beebe are both concerned about this. This is the main reason they believe that the voting age is too low.

“The drinking age is for YOURSELF, but why is the age for something that controls the entire NATION… Like, why is that lower than the drinking age? That’s what I don’t understand.” Beebe said.

Although it may be unbelievable, this is coming from actual high school students–people who would know just how much young people know. If actual young people believe that they shouldn’t be able to vote, then why do adults believe they should be?

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