Should the voting age be lowered to 16?

Cuyler Bliss, Staff Writer

The voting age is currently 18 years old in the United States. For many, this is the age where they are considered an adult and are mature enough to make decisions that will influence the future.

But some may argue that the age to vote should be lowered to 16. Many say that when you receive a license you transcend into a different maturity and stop acting out on childish tendencies and you are now considered a young adult. I do not believe that the voting age should be lowered to 16.

I am 17 years old and I do not know enough about politics or how to decipher the true and false publicity brought out from campaign ads.

At this age we are still minors and our brains have not even
fully developed yet. We do not understand that our choices and actions have consequences for everything we complete in a day-to-day life. No 16-year-old is in the right mind to vote for local
government officials let alone our president.

I would want the voter age, if anything, to rise to at a minimum to 25. I have read studies that scientists have done experiments showing the average human brain does not fully develop until 25.

So, when people say that the voting age should be lowered to 16 it does not make sense. Our brains are 10 years away from being fully developed and prepared for adult choices and voting. 16-year-olds are not mature and knowledgeable enough to make a choice to influence our government and laws, so keep the voting age older.