Since 1971, Americans 18 and older have been eligible to vote. Okay, but what about younger teens? Young people can drive and see R-rated movies, but we can't vote for President.
If you feel like something's off, here are some arguments for getting the right to cast your ballot.
- Teens have the civic duties as older voters. They pay taxes, and they have to abide by U.S. laws.
- Being a teenager doesn’t mean you are less intelligent than an old person. In fact, the human brain actually starts to shrink in old age (and senior citizens can vote).
- Allowing teens to vote would increase the number of voters in our country.
- Teens know the internet, television, and social media better than most old people. They have access to information to help make informed decisions.
- In many states young people can drive before 18. Driving can have fatal consequences. Voting has never injured anybody (that we know of).