Top 10 Reasons Why Kids Under the Age of 18 Should Be Allowed to Vote In Government Elections

This is my second list I thought up for a while, and it's kind of a sister to my other list: Top Ten Reasons Why Kids Should Get Paid to Go to School.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I am NOT saying that kids on TheTopTens can't vote, and that they should be able to. I'm saying that kids SHOULD BE ABLE TO VOTE ON OFFICIAL ELECTIONS (state, city, country elections e.t.c.)

I hope that clears any predicted confusion, and enjoy the list!
The Top Ten
1 Kids are smart and responsible enough to vote

I believe there is no difference in intelligence between the ages of 17 and 18, one single day can apparently change the way society views you, the second you become 18 years you are apparently seen as an adult, as responsible and all-knowing. Also, voting at a young age will help to encourage younger people to study and gain knowledge on politics, economics and economic development, therefore more people at a younger age will want to vote as they have more knowledge on how countries and governments work. Also, I strongly believe that a 16 year old is smarter than a fifty year old, as the younger generation is the most educated yet, with harder tests and more topics being taught. In addition, someone who has not been in the education system for 30 is obviously going to forget key information and so most likely be less intelligent than when they graduated.

2 If kids are responsible enough to drive at 16, then they are surely responsible enough to vote under the age of 18

People are allowed to drive cars at 16, yet you can't vote until 18? That's totally messed up.
When you think about it, cars can be dangerous things. They are loud, extremely heavy, and can make devastating damage. Something of that power in the hands of someone who hasn't even spent 2 decades on the Earth yet is a big responsibility, but they can handle it.
Well then, why aren't we able to handle standing in a line for about 2 minutes, writing something down that will take about 5 seconds, then going home? Do you see how that logic is seriously broken?

3 18 does not automatically mean smart and responsible

I think having a universal age of majority is a horrible idea. Sure, there should be an age limit on things like driving, drinking, getting married, age of consent and voting. For driving, it should be 16. For drinking, 20. Getting married: 18, or 16 if you are emancipated. Age of consent: 16.

In some cases, a 7 year old could be smarter than a 20 year old. It all depends on how the person acts and speaks. Some people might say becoming an adult makes you more responsible/smart, but in some cases this is not entirely true.

This item is kinda like #1, but a lot different. (But it's STILL a point!)

4 Kids are just as important as adults

Why does the mind of a 17 yr old not matter when an 18 year olds mind does!
You can drive, join the army and get married before you can vote!
I'm not saying 5 yr olds should vote I'm saying maybe 12 yr olds should be allowed to
vote, if they understand politics, let them vote!

Yeah, let's give a seven year old who probably doesn't know who Trump is the same power as a war veteran.

No they aren't. If anything, Kids are more like Subhumans according to the adults that run all this.

5 Adults who claim they're "smarter" than kids voted for Donald Trump

Sometimes it seems like children remember things adults do not, but in fact, adults have better memory, and if by better memory, we mean the ability to remember more information, more accurately, and for longer periods of time. Children are better than adults. There is no rhyme or reason to continue to insist that adults are somehow more capable of making ethical judgements. Well, children don't make assumptions, children have more complete trust, children can live simple lives. Even kids have no shame. So that is why kids should vote because kids are just important as adults, age 18 does not mean smart, adults who claim they are smarter than kids voted for trump, and the ability to vote would give more kids political education.

6 The ability to vote would give kids more political education

The whole reason people vote is because they have an interest in politics. When people are under 18 is the best time to build an interest, thus is follows logically that kids should be allowed to vote so as to engage them in the political scene and enhance their knowledge as they become adults.

Most adults don't know a thing about politics, and yet, they vote! Schools could have classes that teach you about politics in the earlier grades (6-8) and then grade 9 and above could actually vote. This knowledge would also help us as adults. - an 11-year-old girl who's just as smart as an 18-year old.

7 It is inequality and against human rights to restrict something just because someone is a part of a certain age group

It's not about age, it's about intellect and intelligence, and not even some 18 year olds who are legally aloud to vote have the mental capacity to understand some of what they're doing. It is not to say that some young children are incredibly smart and could vote responsibly, but you can't pick and choose who votes and who doesn't based off smarts and IQ, everyone makes not so smart choices in their lives.

No matter if you like it or not children are apart of the world and who the president is doesn't just effect adults it effects children too. Such as rights, places to live, and even the child may not like the president.

8 Everyday children are affected by laws they do not have a voice in, so let them decide their own future
9 Everyone's opinion matters

As John F. Kennedy once said ''One person can make a difference, and everyone should try''. So give me -- [checks how many reasons there are on this website] -- 50 GOOD reasons why kids should NOT be able to vote. Let's see if you can do it!

10 There might be less votes for people you hate, and more votes for people you love

I feel like this list is forgetting the fact that kids have more common sense. When you become an adult, you get stressed by political things and money stuff, so you think everything is extremely complicated. But kids don't have as much stress, so they think more simply. If kids think that one of the people is a douchebag, then they'll vote for the other person. I'm basically saying that kids think more simply than adults, and that can be really good in some cases.

Actually, since kids naturally are immature and goof around, there would most likely be more votes for people you hate.

The Contenders
11 Career politicians and those seeking office often behave and speak childishly
12 Kids shouldn't have to miss out on voting when they are young.
13 Some adults don't vote even though they have the chance to, so somebody will use the chance to vote if they won't

The fact that you think this, or anything else you've proffered here, demonstrates any capacity for simple logic, let alone complex critical thought, illustrates precisely why you should not be allowed to vote, perhaps until age 35.
Might start by brushing up on grammar.

U18s beg to vote but 40% of over 18s don't use their vote!

14 Kids may be 20% of our population but they are 100% of our future. So they need to have a voice in their own future. Everyone has the right to make their own choices.
15 You can drive, die in war and get married before you are 18! I don't understand how driving and fighting are for younger people when voting is strictly for adults!

Your right, laws about child abuse, child labor, and many other things are being decided completely by adults, it barely even affects them!

Children live in the country too so we should also get to vote on who runs it and makes the country's decisions.

16 It will affect the children's future so why should they not decide

Politicians are in charge of schools so children should be able to decide how the schools are run!

The government run schools which kids are in!

17 Some laws heavily affect kids, yet they can't vote for them

And that will affect their children a lot about educations and others

18 Waiting to vote will not help the economy

Spending many years following politics before 18 really doesn't make children happy!

And screwing up in the elections will not help, either.

19 Kids live in the country too so they should have the right to choose who runs it
20 Kids can have opinions that can help

It isn't fair for children to not vote. Most of us kids are smarter than the adults that actually get to vote. A kid finished University at the age of 10. Some adults can't even read.

Perspective is different for all.

21 Children have opinions too
22 Some kids are smart enough to vote

I am one of those young individual whom should have the right to vote despite my young age.

23 Kids are the future generation
24 Letting kids vote means more votes for the people running

If you ever run for president, you'll be thankful for kids votes

25 Many under the age of 18 have jobs and pay taxes. If you pay taxes you should have the right to vote.

Children too young to legally have a job are dependent on their parents for shelter and food. Therefore, they should be allowed to vote in order to elect candidates whom they believe will help the economy and ensure their parents can continue to feed them. Children pay taxes by proxy through their parents.

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