The voters are those who have the knowledge to recognize the importance of voting, the voters are those who know how to make the right choices, the voters are those who are eighteen-years-old and older. When it comes to the topic regarding the proposal about lowering the voting age it escalates into a controversial political debate in where society takes action to either pass this on or fight against it. The voting age should not be lowered to sixteen-years-old because their brains are not fully developed, a great number of these young kids are ignorant of politics, and they are as well not mature enough to take voting seriously.
To begin with, these adolescents are in a stage in where their brains are not entirely developed to understand the responsibility of voting. For example, research has found how a teens brain function compared to a well developed adult brain. According to the article, “Understanding the Teen Brain” the author presents the following analysis, “Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. This is the part of the brain that responds to situations with good judgment and an awareness of long-term consequences. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part”. Deborah Yurgelun-Todd, director at McLean Hospital in Massachusetts, agrees in the article, “Should we lower the voting age?” stating, “With emotional information, the teenager’s brain may be responding with more of a gut reaction than an executive or thinking kind of response. And if that’s the case … you’ll have more of an impulsive behavioral response”. This supports the idea of how sixteen year old teenagers are not capable of fully understanding the responsibility of voting and the importance of it. Their decision making center of their brain are not yet established completely which affects the way they see things and the choices they make. When minors encounter an overwhelming emotional input it causes them to forget what they were thinking at the moment; in whereas, an adult is able to control their emotions and remember their thoughts. This should be taken into consideration if making the decision of allowing minors to be eligible to vote.
Moreover, a substantial of Americans and politicians views agree that young adolescents should not be given the right to vote due to being unknowledgeable of politics. In a poll that was taken by students it showed how 79% of them were in agreement with not lowering the voting age. For instance, Rybee, a student and user of the TSR, believes, “…16 year olds have no interest in politics and are not educated well enough in politics to make an informed vote”(The Student Room). This is important because it points out that even teens themselves agree that they are ignorant and uninformed about political issues and how they are as well not interested on the current events happening throughout society. Not knowing about politics does not make sense of enabling teens to have the right to vote in elections, this is like giving a two year old child a car in where they have no clue on what it is or how to function it. So the questions is: Should minors still be permitted to vote in elections?
Lastly, experts believe that teens under the age of eighteen are not mature enough to participate in the elections. In the article, “8 Pros & Cons of Lowering the Voting Age to 16” the author claims, “Research published in Political Studies asserted that 16 and 17-year-olds are generally less mature than their older peers. The Conversation reported that some people worry immature youth could be influenced, or even coerced, into voting a certain way by adults”. It clearly tells one how these adolescents are not at the point where they can handle the weight of this responsibility because they will just agree with the decisions made by their parents and follow with what they think is better which is known as bandwagon. Others might argue that, “16-year-olds are just as knowledgeable about civics and have the same ability to make good voting choices as older voters”(ProCon: Understand the Issues). Their is some truth into this statement regarding the fact that some sixteen year olds are educated enough to understand the importance of voting; however, it doesn’t change the fact that a vast majority of these teens lack the interest in politics and are also not intrigued in engaging in world issues. It is as well said that at age eighteen it’s the age of adulthood. For example, in the article, “Should 16 year olds vote?” it claims, “ Sixteen year old’s don’t really care about politics. They’ll just vote for the person that’s most popular or who their friends are voting for.” Their choices will define the future, the future brings the new candidate, the new candidate takes control. These adolescents are just too young to comprehend and take voting seriously because they are not prepared to manage adult responsibilities due to being immature.
In conclusion, having the voting age lowered can impact society in a negative way because of the fact that sixteen-year-olds brains are not fully developed, many teens are uneducated in politics, and they’re immature to take this responsibility. The debate regarding voting age is still yet on the road to reach its destination in some states and countries. However the question remains whether sixteen-year-old teenagers are capable of managing adult responsibilities?
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