Raising the Voting Age


McKenna Valentine

An illustration of a voting ballet box.

McKenna Valentine, Staffer

There has always been controversy about what legal age you should be able to vote. Personally, I think that the voting age should be lowered to 16. One of my main reasons for this is because whoever became president can greatly affect your future. If you can only vote at 18, then it would affect you until your 22. Say you are 16 and it is a voting year, for the next 4 years of your life and your first 2 years of adulthood the decision of whoever is president can affect your life in many ways. Some include what your financial situation looks like, if you can start a business or not, or if you can go to college. 

Another reason to lower the voting age is that more people will vote then. According to ProCon.Org, the United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates. If the age is lowered, then more people will be able to speak their voice and every vote counts. This will also help develop lifelong consistent voting habits. ProCon.Org states that a person who votes in one election has a 13% greater possibility of voting in a future election. This will raise the voter turnout rates and encourage other people to vote.

The main reason why officials think that 26 year olds shouldn’t vote is because younger people don’t have enough knowledge about how the country works. This is wrong for a majority of people. In school, around 16 or 17, kids are learning about the government and civics. Therefore, the voting age should be lowered to 16.