Im not sure if this has come up already as a policy suggestion, it probably has.
There has been recent debate between SHY and PH about voting age.
Im not sure whom brought it up first.
PH wants it upped to 21 and SHY lowered to 16.
I believe Pirates should let 16 year olds vote.
it follows from acknowledging that some 16year olds are smarter than some 30 year olds that there is insufficient reason why there should be a blanket ban on 16 and 17 year olds having the choice to vote. Especially since many important policy areas effect them more than say they will effect Malcolm Turnbull who is older and hence has less years ahead of him.
IMO If they have the choice to vote (ie. voluntary), it defends against the immature or less intelligent ones voting because either parents can instruct them not to, or they can decide they are not yet informed or intelligent enough themselves. They are citizens and are able to pay tax (some do) and can think and feel and have their rights violated just the same as anyone else, so they deserve the choice to vote against policies which can effect these rights. Its an extension of natural libertarian rights that they ought at least have the choice to vote.
Furthermore, if there is insufficent backing for a voluntary vote for 16&17 yo’s, whilst i peronally dont think them necessary, there could be other measures for them to qualify to consider such as
a ledger of subsciption that proves the parents permission to vote ensuring that the teenager hasnt just ignored the insruction of their parent not to vote.
an exam that they could pass about politics that could qualify them to vote. Of course that would be an authority barrier, but better than no route at all.
- I think left tend to have more kids (citation needed)
- Some 16/17 yo’s smarter than some 30 yo’s (citation needed)
- Can be a PR strategy to attract more younger voters (university students)
- brain, maturity, knowledge not fully developed yet
There is also some research at least that suggests young people make more economical decisions rather than relying on shortcuts.