Top Ten Reasons Why Kids Under the Age of 18 Should Be Allowed to Vote In Government ElectionsThis 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
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.
I'm 11. And right now I'm writing a persuasive essay on why kids should vote and I agree with alll of there reasons cause there alll true!
It is messed up but I believe 15 is possible for the rehabilitates.
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
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 for these reasons because, if I didn't read this I don't think I would feel the same way as I do now. I'm 10 also
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.
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.
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
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!
Sometimes it seems like children remember things adults do not, but in fact, adults have better memory 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 I've simple lives. Even kids have no shame. so that is why kids should vote bacause kids are just important as adults, age 18 does not mean smart, adults who calim they are smater than kids voted for trump, and the abilty to vote would give more kids potical education.
Yeah trump suck
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.
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
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 - SirSkeletorThe3rd
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 want to be a imigration lawyer when I grow up and am a lot more expirienced than most adults. have adults spocken to there political representitives sorry about the typing mystakes one of my arms is in a cast and I'm trying to type quickly
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.
That's facts because everybody is getting killed with a gun and kids can't vote for somebody who is gonna change that law
Kids are responsible
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
Give us a chance - thunderclanrocks
We should vote
Let me vote
Best reason I can think of... - Billyv
Kids should vote 12--
That's true kids can help me
Trump, rubio, cruz...
Yes that is true
yes - thunderclanrocks
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
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
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!
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
And that will affect their children a lot about educations and others
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 should vote to
That gives me hope
Since we kids can't vote this makes me happy
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.
If you ever run for president, you'll be thankful for kids votes
Ya I agree
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
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
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
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
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Agreed my mom didn't know what in in app urchase was - thunderclanrocks
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
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
Most people are smart and make a positive result to the country
People think kids aren't humans that they don't have a choice so I think this is good
Indeed they do
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
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
Some adults who say they are smarter than kids decided to vote for Donald Trump. and he is NOT a good president!
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.
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Well kids should be able to 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.
Totaly true I'm glad you (wrote) that
By voting kids can feel more a part of something, so then they will become more serious about other things.