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View Poll Results: Should the voting age in the UK be reduced to 16?
Yes 2 16.67%
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Votes at 16?

Should the UK lower voting age to 16?
Should 16 year olds who work and pay tax have a vote - "no taxation without representation"?
Or are under 18's, legally regarded as children, not mature enough for this responsibility?
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Not sure. I think the statutory, economic and social question on maturity is hideously muddled.
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In my experience children tend to vote the way their parents do until they leave home. So probably not.
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Why not - at 16 they're young enough to know it all!

Or, being realistic, no way!
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No. WTF do they know?

Do any of the proponents of under-age voting remember what they weer like
when they were 16 !?!


If I don't get a say they ing well shouldn't.
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At 16 you can do a lot of things, such as get married, have sex, pay tax etc...

At 17 you can drive a car. A device which in the wrong hands can kill lots of people.

Why not allow 16/17 year olds to vote as well? Voting is relatively trivial in comparison, and young people are the future.
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Because they don't know **** about **** all?

If they are allowed to vote then they should
be allowed to drink also.
And drive.
And gamble.
And watch any film they so wish.
And buy porn.

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How about an IQ and psychometric test - any age open.
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Should the UK lower voting age to 16?
Should 16 year olds who work and pay tax have a vote - "no taxation without representation"?
Or are under 18's, legally regarded as children, not mature enough for this responsibility?
I would imagine that any 16 yr old who is working, will be in a job that is paying 16 yr old minimum wage or not far off, and therefore under the taxation threshold. Probably just a little too early, and possibly still impressionable from peers.....Mum & Dad vote for the ************* party, and say it's the best party for me. The other factor being, that most working 16 yr olds probably don't give a toss, unless it's on XBox1 or PS4.
When I was 16, I was more interested in chasing crumpet and illegal drinking, and frankly hadn't got a clue what party were in power, and didn't care.
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I don't see the problem really.

If some 16yr olds can't be bothered, does that mean the ones who can should be disenfranchised? A third of the voting population didn't vote in May, for whatever reason.

It might be that a view is taken that once a contribution is being made through taxation - but for many that is not at 18 either.

Education about democracy is part of instilling "core British values". I think fairness and consistency is something we should nurture and encourage. If you're considered "adult" in terms of many other aspects of daily life, then why not allow the vote?

I still think booze needs to be later, because I think those early years of surreptitious sneakery between 14-18 are critically important to shaping ones appreciation of decent booze in later life.
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How about an IQ and psychometric test - any age open.
I'd be ****ed then
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I remember what I was like at that age, no way should I have had the vote !

There is far too much of 'give 'em what they want' these days, instant satisfaction of every desire and want seems standard. Leave the voting age alone, in fact put it up to 21.
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It might be that a view is taken that once a contribution is being made through taxation - but for many that is not at 18 either.
Paying taxes give you zero voting rights. As I well know.
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How about an IQ and psychometric test - any age open.

The hue of the resulting govt would be rather interesting to say the least.

I think any sane govt would baulk at the idea of introducing it, of course - it might well be proven that their core voters are basically thick.

But definitely worth a public survey (or three) .
 
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