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

1 Kids are smart and responsible enough to vote

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

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

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.

All of you are right and we kids do need to have a vote we are not going to be idiots and say oh she used to be the ice cream person so I am going to vote for them and it is completely unfair and you have to be a certain age for everything driving, moving out, be able to sit in the front seat legally. But vote is something that is simple and any human being could do it so I think kids should vote

V 124 Comments
2 If kids are responsible enough to drive at 16, then they are surely responsible enough to vote under the age of 18

I think that 13 - 18 should be able too so if they want to vote they can or if they don't that's fine too but I really think it could be fair so if mr. trump will changed the law

NO - RobertWisdom

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? - BlueTopazIceVanilla

Couldn't agree more the voting age should go down at least to 15 if your old enough to practice driving you should be able to vote - germshep24

V 25 Comments
3 Kids are just as important as adults

I think it is right it is kids future

Yeah boi!

Thank you mame

Kids are more important than adults because adults have to protect us like parents I thick.

V 38 Comments
4 18 does not automatically mean smart and responsible

10 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! ) - BlueTopazIceVanilla


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. - Cesium

V 13 Comments
5 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

Trump is an idiot. LOL

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!

Yes we are definatlaty smarter I mean come on trump?

V 14 Comments
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.

You have to make an account on this website to vote therefore this website should shut up

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. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

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

I think we should teach kids about politics so they have a better understanding of it.

V 15 Comments
7 It is inequality and against human rights to restrict something just because someone is a part of a certain age group

You the man/girl

I think yes because kids ARE SMART UNLIKE HILLARY

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 - SirSkeletorThe3rd

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

V 12 Comments
8 Everyday children are affected by laws they do not have a voice in, so let them decide their own future

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


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.

Yes we whould have got a new animal shelter insted of a stupid high way - thunderclanrocks

V 5 Comments
9 There might be less votes for people you hate, and more votes for people you love

This is the best reason.

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

V 7 Comments
10 Everyone's opinion matters

We should vote

Let me vote

Give us a chance - thunderclanrocks

The Contenders

11 Career politicians and those seeking office often behave and speak childishly

More childish then any kidergatener I ever met - thunderclanrocks

Best reason I can think of... - Billyv

Kids should vote 12--

That's true kids can help me

V 3 Comments
12 Kids shouldn't have to miss out on voting when they are young.

yes - thunderclanrocks

Yes that is true

I agree


V 1 Comment
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

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. - Swellow

But most kids wont - Nateawesomeness

V 1 Comment
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.

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


This doesn't make sence

15 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

16 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.

Just remeber we the people not we the selfish adults - thunderclanrocks

I am a sperm and I agree

V 3 Comments
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

I litteraly have a count down waiting for when I can vote - thunderclanrocks

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

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

The fact that you think this, or anything else you've proffered here, let alone complex critical thought, Might start by brushing up on grammar. poop

V 9 Comments
19 Kids live in the country too so they should have the right to choose who runs it

Preach Brother preach

Since we kids can't vote this makes me happy

Kids should vote to

That gives me hope

V 3 Comments
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.

21 Kids are the future generation

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

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

22 Letting kids vote means more votes for the people running

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

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

Taxation without reprisentation - thunderclanrocks

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.

24 Most children are more mature.

Agreed my mom didn't know what in in app urchase was - thunderclanrocks

25 Children have opinions too


26 Some kids are smart enough to vote

Yes oviously

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

Some kids understand the elections more

Yes I agree

27 Kids can think creatively

Shrek is real

Kids can think of ways to do things that adults think are unrealistic. However, the solution is a good one it would just take work which most adults are afraid of!

28 if you are the age of 18 or younger and you have a good job and you are smart, you would have the same exact right to vote if you were 16 or if you were 18

The right to drive at 16 is under aged also I wrote this and I am a kid so quit picking on me

Please write better. Ever heard of punctuation? Capitals etc.

You obviously have no good points, so you attacked his/her grammar instead. - BlueTopazIceVanilla

29 Kids are the next generation

To the human that said "your gay", check the spelling. It's y-o-u- 'RE. Also, what an insult! Being called a sexuality! Yikes! You got me spooked!

your gay

30 It's a free country and everyone no matter what age should be able to vote


31 Kids don't have a lot of political experience but neither do most adults
32 Some people are under 18 and very responsible

Most people are smart and make a positive result to the country

33 Kids are responsible enough.


34 Kids are smarter than you think they have abilities that adults don't have.
35 Kids' opinion is important to make the country a better place.


36 We are mature enough to vote
37 Kids rule

Indeed they do

Of course

38 Kids are smarter than adults

Kids know more then adults - thunderclanrocks

Schools are becoming more advanced and teaching their students skills only professionals could master therefore adults are gonna be baffled by what their kids could do!

Actually adults are smarter because they learnt more. - AlphaQ


V 1 Comment
39 People under the age of 18 are smart and have potential, not a lot of adults do

Some adults who say they are smarter than kids decided to vote for Donald Trump. and he is NOT a good president!

40 Kids are human as well

People think kids aren't humans that they don't have a choice so I think this is good

41 Kids could get more education and could decide who they want as there leader to lead them through war and hard times

i agree

Well kids should be able to vote

42 Kids are not as biased

Kids are less likely to discriminate against immigrants, gays etc. Have generally neutral views on abortion and will not just vote for a moron, just because he/she is of a certain party. Kids can become informed on issues, an unbiasedly pick the better of two evils. And they would not be as likely to just pick someone because they are 'Democrat' or 'Republican'. Also they would be looking more to the future than the past; most of them weren't even born. So what candidates did in the past, would not be such a big concern to them. They are more likely to vote third party if they believe it is better for the country.

Kids arnt aginst people for how they look or where they came from we judge by personality - thunderclanrocks

Most kids are not racists sexists or any ists out there sooo LET US VOTE I AM TWELVE

That is true

43 Us kids make up 24% of the US population and some adults don't vote

This is insane. Some adults don't vote and many kids are "dying" to. We should be able to vote at 14.

Kids are better than you think.

44 Kids are the ones who are going to grow up with it


45 Even mentally ill people can vote in some U.S. states

Totaly true I'm glad you (wrote) that

46 Children are more adaptive and know what it's like in the life of children which would be helpful for stances about education and such.
47 Adults shouldn’t have an advantage on kids

I agree people shouldn’t care Baotou kid they just got to protect them self also I’m 7 year old

Us kids need an opinion in the bite because it’s our future. We can learn political education at school and we know then what to do. I think the age should be lowered to 16. This is because you are allowed to do many things at 16 like have “it” and drive. This is very mature so I don’t get why 16/17s aren’t allowed to vote.

48 Most kids are more open minded
49 It's the kids community too
50 Voting can make kids more responsible

By voting kids can feel more a part of something, so then they will become more serious about other things.

BAdd New Item

Related Lists

Top 10 Reasons Kids Under the Age of 18 Shouldn't Be Allowed to Vote In Government Elections Top Ten Reasons Kids Under 18 Shouldn't Be Allowed to Drink Alcohol Top 10 Reasons Why Children Under 16 Should Not Be Allowed on the Internet Top Ten Reasons Why SpongeBob Is Bad for Kids Under the Age of 11 Reasons Kids Shouldn't Be Allowed to Work In Chinese Restaurant

List Stats

1,000 votes
50 listings
3 years, 137 days old

Top Remixes

1. 18 does not automatically mean smart and responsible
2. Adults who claim they're "smarter" than kids voted for Donald Trump
3. If kids are responsible enough to drive at 16, then they are surely responsible enough to vote under the age of 18
1. Kids are smart and responsible enough to vote
2. The ability to vote would give kids more political education
3. Kids are just as important as adults


Error Reporting

See a factual error in these listings? Report it here.