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

BlueTopazIceVanilla
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

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

Smart and Responsible?! These are the same people who do thing before realizing the effects of their actions. Teenagers in particular are the worst offenders. You want people who think it's a great senior prank to vandalize the whole school (about 30 or so people did this at my school) do be deciding our countries fate? I'm sorry, but this is flat out wrong! - Frouze

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2 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

If anything they are more important because they are the next generation - OnionLists

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3 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

That's the one thing schools don't teach that they should teach - OnionLists

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4 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 isn't because children are younger and know less so it would affect the results because children will just think about what's good about a candidate not the bad side - OnionLists

I'm GONNA CREATE YOUTHISM! The youth need more respect! - pineliek

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5 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

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

Really? - OnionLists

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6 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 think the vote age should be brought down but not so that all kids can vote - OnionLists

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7 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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8 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.

Neither does 16 or 17 or 21 or even 50 so this isn't a legitimate reason - OnionLists

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9 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

It affects our education - OnionLists

10 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

stupid

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The Contenders

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

lol

Trump-sucks

lol

i agree

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12 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

Koff, koff, Donald Trump, ahem, koff

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

Yes that is true

I agree

yes

True

14 Some laws heavily affect kids, yet they can't vote for them
15 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

I agree

you rock

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

Kids are responsible

so true

i agree

True

17 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!

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

I am 5 years old and I agee

Well that's surprising

Hi

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18 Kids can have opinions that can help
19 Letting kids vote means more votes for the people running

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

20 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.

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