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Should the Voting Age be Lowered to 13?

Posted on June 11, 2012 at 8:50 PM

Hi everyone! Belle here. So I'm still studying to take the College Compositon C.L.E.P. Test. Here's my latest essay;

Should The Voting Age Be Lowered to 13?


If the voting age was to be lowered to 13, today's youth may act differently. Holding the right to vote might instill responsibillity and purpose into teens. The voting age should be lowered to 13, so that way, teens who want to submit their choice of candidate have the freedom to do so. Teens should be able to voice their opinions in regard to political issues and be treated the same as adults. A large percentage of teenagers are highly intelligent and should therefore be allowed to vote.


However, students should be educated about politics, economics and international affairs and prove they are knowledgeable before being granted the privledge to vote. In some states, the capitol provides a mock election allowing the participating students to vote for their favorite candidate. This process helps teens to truly think about who they would pick and is therefore a good learning experience. They should know what their reasons are for voting for the particular candidate he or she has chosen. Many teens are quite intelligent, there are teens I know of that have taken and passed college level tests at the ages of 13 and 14.


  It is important to be a responsible voter, teenagers need to show responsibility in order to have the right to vote. These days, more and more teens are starting their own businesses, which means they're having to deal with customers and making sure the client has a good experience. At home, teens are expected to do their chores, this is a good way to learn responsiblitliy, as is owning and caring for a pet.


The teen's future is directly impacted by the choices made by the president. If someone voted at the age of 13, by end of the four year term of the president, that person would be 17 and only one year away from entering the so-called "adult world". The decisions made in that amount of time could prove helpful or harmful to the voting teen's future, therefore the teen should be concerned with who is chosen for president and have a say in the matter.


There's no denying that some people think teenagers are too immature and inexperienced to vote. People with these thoughs are incorrect, there are just as many inexperienced, uninformed adults. With proper education, students can exceed these low expectations. The teens who prove themselves to be good role models could have a positive influence on their peers and cause then to rise to a level of competence in order to vote for themselves. Allowing teens to vote would be benificial to society in general.

Let me know what you think!:)

            Peace, Love and Sparkles,
                                                      Belle :{)

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