COSMOgirl! The Daily Kiss Blog
by Kristen Walker
I recently read an article on the Huffington Post Web site about the idea of lowering the legal voting age from 18 to 17. The article said that 17-year-olds can already work (a.k.a. pay taxes), they can be tried in court as adults in 36 states, and they can drive cars and even enlist in the military. And in many countries around the world, 17-year-olds are allowed to vote, so many other countries, including the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, are considering lowering their legal voting age to 17.
The stereotype of most teenagers is that they are apathetic and full of themselves, but "young voter" movements are going on all over the country, proving that not all teens are indifferent. Some cities across the U.S. are even thinking about lowering their legal voting age for local elections. The voting age hasn’t been lowered since 1972 during the Vietnam War. Maybe it’s time to do it again.
Do you think the voting age should be lowered? Would you show up to vote if you could at 17?