Top Ten 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

Kids are smart and responsible enough to vote

I'm 10 and I think I'm more responsible than tons of 18 year olds. So what can't I vote? I'm definitely old enough to vote. I have to write an opinion essay on this. Overall us kids are totally smart and responsible. I mean its not like I'm gonna say Hillary Clinton is wearing blue, I like blue, I vote for Hillary Clinton. I'm not stupid

Benefits for the kid: Yes. I am eleven and I think the reason why people don't allow kids to vote is that they are extremely ageist. I consider ageist to be as bad as sexist, racist, etc.. I think it actually all depends on personality, to be honest with you. Sure, some of us aren't smart and responsible and we make bad decisions, but it doesn't mean all of us do that. I mean, it's fine I guess if you don't let a small kid do it, but please at least ages 10 and up. I hate when adults judge other people, especially kids, when the adults themselves are not making the world a better place either and some kids are actually making the world better. I get it that some adult things need to be for adults (like drinking alcohol, smoking, and having "it") but some things we should share because in reality kids and adults are basically the same nowadays. I mean, think about it for a second because what I'm saying is all true. We, kids, are just as important as adults, teenagers who ...more

And the problem? Kids easily get brainwashed over small things. Democracy is basically all about brainwashing the people whose minds you can easily change. Mostly the masses.

Sorry, I don't say that kids are dumb ( some are smarter than some adults I know ) but I cannot agree with most of this list. First of all, kids are pretty ignorant about socio-economic political world-interactions, about stock-exanges issues and markets on a global scale, about import-export economics, the maintaining equilibrium of import-export products etc... Kids will usually voting ( if they could vote ) what they hear in media, social medias and also influenced ( or even brainwashed ) about what they hear in their family environment ( pro or contra ). Second, voting of kids will be most of the times emotional rather than rational ( some 10 year old kid can be smart enough to actually vote but truth is that this is a minority. A majority will be still irresponsible and irrational in political matters ) and Third, I would only agree for a younger age-vote if reforms should be made in schools in matter of political lessons and knowledge given ( with open debates and opinions at ...more

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

Well it's your future, why should the adults of the world shape your future?

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?

It is messed up but I believe 15 is possible for the rehabilitates.

It's true because if your mature enough to drive and put other people's safety at risk your responsible enough to have a say in the presidential race

Kids are just as important as adults

sometimes they could have problem to vote and they might not know who is the one they need

Kids are important to the world like every one and if people think they aren't ready to vote because they aren't old enough to vote they are wrong because no ones perfect but kids can do a difference in the world like adults

Adults may be responsible but kids have an opinion!

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

My 5 year-old sister and 8 year-old cousin have had more in depth conversations about the 2016 political parties and all candidates and policies then 90% of the adults I know - CaptainZebra

18 does not automatically mean smart and responsible

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! )

Kids are faster learners than you'd think. I've talked to kids before and they've given some wise answers. I think kids are smarter now than they used to be.

While below 18 doesn't automatically mean smart, either. The thing is, it's all about the average age of when an average human starts to develop a sense of reasoning.

True. If you're say, 17, and your birthday is 1 to 2 months after the election, you should be allowed to vote. I'm not saying a 3 yo should vote, I'm saying a person that's 17 with a tiny gap between 18 years should vote.

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

Yeah lol if adults think they're smarter than kids, then they go and vote for Trump, it's just so stupid. I mean, I wouldn't have voted for Trump if I could vote. Being 14 and not being able to vote yet, our school did a vote on who we wanted for President and Trump didn't win, I will tell you that right now

Yeah trump suck


It is true if they were smart enough they would have known that Donald trump was not the right lead to lead the US. Me as I child I support voting,we can also be as responsible as adults or even better than them.I AGREE TO CHILDREN ALLOVER THE WORLD TO BE ABE TO VOTE!

The ability to vote would give kids more political education

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 garde 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.

Education is always helpful, but learning about our country is even better. The schools would teach the kids about each and every candidate so that they would make the best choice for themselves and the country.

But the party in power controls the education system, meaning that children would be indoctrinated into voting for them. - PetSounds

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.

Yes I think that kids 14 and up should be able to vote because you matter we matter I matter

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

Problem is, experience is the best teacher, not age.

This is the saddest thing I ever heard. So it's against human rights if I can't live in a retirement home because I'm too young? I seriously wish you don't become a politician

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.

Everyday children are affected by laws they do not have a voice in, so let them decide their own future

We have to stand here and let trump run this place and here everyone talk about how trump is horrible and bad and I wish there was a way to change this but if we were voting then this wouldn't of happened.

Kids are responsible

That's facts because everybody is getting killed with a gun and kids can't vote for somebody who is gonna change that law


Everyone's opinion matters

Give us a chance

We should vote

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!

Let me vote

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

Kids will have the ability to voice their opinion wisely

Hillary and Donald are both horrible people neither of them should win

I agree with everything you said and by the way I am also 10

That's stupid because that's how some people are voting now

The Contenders

Career politicians and those seeking office often behave and speak childishly

Best reason I can think of...

Kids should vote 12--

That's true kids can help me

Trump, rubio, cruz...

Kids shouldn't have to miss out on voting when they are young.

Yes that is true

I agree



Some adults don't vote even though they have the chance to, so somebody will use the chance to vote if they won't

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

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.

Don't think this list represents all of us, she's just incredibly naive to the world. - Therandom

The fact that this list exists just proves how some people are total airheads about politics.

But most kids wont

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.


that's so true

Were the next genration I don't want to live in the mistakes my mom and dads generation made

This doesn't make sence

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!

I am 5 years old and I agee

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

Well that's surprising

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

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!

Kids have opinions too plus their awesome

I do agreee on that because kids already vote it is just there vote is not included

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

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

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.

Hey kids make up the us population

Donald trump winning will not help either if he does win

Kids live in the country too so they should have the right to choose who runs it

Kids should vote to

That gives me hope

Since we kids can't vote this makes me happy

I agree

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.

Letting kids vote means more votes for the people running

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

Ya I agree

here here

Children have opinions too
Kids are the future generation

I agree we are the future they are the past and we will see more technilogical things so we should get to vote

I'm writing an essay right now about why kids should vote I hope I can find a way to send it to any one who could help #hanaa

Kids are gonna grow up with it it will effect their future

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

I'm under 18 and I have a job so I should be able 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.

Taxation without reprisentation

Some kids are smart enough to vote

Some kids understand the elections more

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

*SOME kids* *cough cough* trump

Yes I agree

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