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Old 05-10-2004, 07:45 AM   #16
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I don't think they should be allowed to vote because first of all, they're not old enough to understand all the issues, they're not mature enough yet.

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Old 05-10-2004, 08:02 AM   #17
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Ignoring the fact most of the electorate don't know the issues at any given time the principle of voting at 18 is important, if you know your politics at 14 then you have had 4 years to develop a context for the politics of the day and will make a more informed decision, those that were jerks when they were 14 may have developed a slight understanding of issues. Basically the problem boils down to this, citizens are those that contribute to the process through taxes, engaging the buerocracy etc., most 14 year olds do not do this and hence do not have a right to go to the polls. In addition to this imagine the campaigns that would result, its bad enough when politicians try to appeal to 20-somethings, imagine the teen target campaign attempts (Unnecessary futurama bit: Richard Nixons head singing "Remember what the doormouse said, feed your head!, im meeting you half-way you damn hippies" for his 3001 presidential campaign)

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Old 05-10-2004, 08:26 AM   #18
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What do you think about limiting the max. age where you are still allowed to vote?
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Goodie........maybe 14 year olds could go do jury duty intstead on me now!
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Old 05-10-2004, 10:11 AM   #20
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Originally posted by Klaus
What do you think about limiting the max. age where you are still allowed to vote?
Like social security, this would be a "no touch" matter.
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Old 05-10-2004, 06:50 PM   #21
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Bad idea...the 1/4 and 1/2 vote is silly. I know there are some very mature, clear thinking 14 year olds out there but its a bit too young to be given the right to vote.

My son thought Jesse Ventura would make a great president when he was 14
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Old 05-10-2004, 09:38 PM   #22
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wrong post...
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Old 05-11-2004, 02:06 AM   #23
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I don't have a problem with 16 year olds voting. If everyone who voted had to pass a maturity/intelligence test prior to voting I suspect there would be a lot less registered 'adult' voters.
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Old 05-11-2004, 03:18 AM   #24
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Means tested right to vote, I think that will pleae the ACLU
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Old 05-11-2004, 07:36 AM   #25
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Local Time: 01:43 PM this MTV's doing? the bands that they can get to play "rock the vote"-type shows are the kinds of groups targeted at younger kids, therefore let's get the younger kids to vote? cos that's about as stupid as the 1/4 and 1/2 votes. worry about getting the people who are legal voting age to the polls if you want to attract more votes, not bringing in kids. when i was 14 i thought i had concrete enough political stances, but thinking about it now, that would have been scary. the idea of my sister, who will be 18 in time for the next election, being able to vote scares me. i know right now she and i pretty much agree, but i wouldn't be surprised if kayne west or some other rapper said "vote bush" and suddenly she changed her mind.
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Old 05-11-2004, 08:01 PM   #26
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All hail the mighty sun god Rah.
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Old 05-12-2004, 01:55 AM   #27
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Another thought: How would you like your teenage kids voting on issues like sex education and birth control?

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