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

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.

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

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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? - BlueTopazIceVanilla

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

That's true because kids and adults have the same award in earth and that award is always being important and responsible

I agree

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3 Kids are just as important as adults

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. - Puga

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

Thank you mame

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4 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! ) - 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

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.


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


Yeah trump suck



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6 The ability to vote would give kids more political education

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

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

I told my dad this idea and he asked me would any kid be able to vote. I told him the parents would make sure the kids were responsible enough. This coul've prevented TRump - AnonymousChick

Plopped poo

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

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.

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.

I think yes because kids ARE SMART UNLIKE HILLARY

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8 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

This is the best reason.

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9 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

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

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10 Everyone's opinion matters

Give us a chance - thunderclanrocks

Let me vote

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? Children have opinions too

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

Best reason I can think of... - Billyv

Kids should vote 12--

That's true kids can help me

More childish then any kidergatener I ever met - thunderclanrocks

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

Yes that is true

I agree


yes - thunderclanrocks

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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

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14 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

15 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

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.

Well that's surprising

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

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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.

Hey kids make up the us population

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

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19 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

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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 Letting kids vote means more votes for the people running

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

22 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 - thunderclanrocks

23 Most children are more mature.

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

24 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

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

25 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

26 Kids are responsible enough.


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


29 Kids don't have a lot of political experience but neither do most adults
30 Kids are the next generation

your gay

31 Kids rule

Indeed they do

Of course

32 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.

Yes I agree

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


34 Kids can think creatively

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!

Shrek is real

35 Some people are under 18 and very responsible

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

36 Kids are smarter than adults

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

Kids know more then adults - thunderclanrocks


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37 Kids are human as well

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

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

Well kids should be able to vote

i agree

39 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.

That is true

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

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

40 We are mature enough to vote
41 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!

42 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.

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


44 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.

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.
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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


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