Should Sixteen Year Old be able to Vote?

Essay by yuyu_syHigh School, 10th gradeA-, April 2004

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Right now, only people over eighteen are allowed to vote, this is something that every Canadian citizen should know. People think that only people over eighteen are mature enough and actually take political issues seriously. Right now, people are thinking whether or not sixteen-years old should be able to vote. Some people think that at the age of sixteen the teens are not old and mature enough to vote in an election. The truth is, they should be able to vote. At the age of sixteen, it is only 2 years away from eighteen, and that's not a very big of a difference. Teens also know what is right and wrong, do not have to wait until eighteen, the "legal" age. They also have the right for political parties to give serious consideration to the needs and opinions of youth, and, get attention when developing public policy, and it can cause different benefits too.

At the age of sixteen, there's not a very big difference between the way people think when they are eighteen because after sixteen, it doesn't take 2 years for your brain to fully develop. People are always upgrading themselves and learn a lesson everyday. That cannot say that after eighteen they can actually be mature and think properly. There are also some people that are way over eighteen, but still are not mature and might not be as mature as an eighteen-year-old. So why make the law eighteen because sixteen year olds aren't "mature" enough to vote? Teens have the same opinions and needs as those who are eighteen. They are both teens and go through the same things in school, at home, or with friends. By sixteen, teens will be finding jobs and trying to gain experience, this also pulls the distance of sixteen-year-olds...