Can you imagine walking into the scheduled spot chosen in your riding for voting, to find a group of young teenagers just hanging around talking and laughing amongst themselves? Wouldn’t you be thinking, what do those kids know about voting? Look at them just mingling about with each other! This election could determine my lifestyle in the future! For this reason and others, I believe the voting age should be left at 18, if not raised a year or two.
Is it not true that the Young Offenders Act was created because youths under the age of 18 cannot think rationally for themselves and need special guidance? Well one could argue that for the same reason, youths shouldn’t be given the right to vote. Politics, Federal Bills, and the government can all be classified as jobs for the elders. Perhaps it is best for the elders to decide upon who they are. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not trying to put down young people, obviously not, look at myself, its just that it is safe to say that citizens older then me, even one year older have more knowledge then me and would have better understandings of who to vote for. People may argue that some teens do have more knowledge then some adults, but we’re talking majority wise.
Voting is also not an easy task. It takes a lot of effort and research to distinguish which Member of Parliament would be the best to vote for. Some representatives may even come door to door to persuade you to vote or them and since they would be aware that young teens now have a say in elections, they would use their sneaky minds and somehow promise something attractive to youths, possibly a four day school week or three months summer of summer break as opposed to two. Surveys have shown that teens are much more gullible then adults and this could also cause a problem within a group of friends. e.g.(Hey man! Who are you voting for? Umm;#8230; The Reforms. All right sounds good to me, I’ll choose them too.)
The right to vote is something sacred and should not be tampered with. The adults it would seem have been doing a fairly decent job in choosing our government and should continue to do so. There is no necessary need to change this law, so in conclusion, the requirements one needs to be able to vote are fine, and should be left the way they are, at least 18 years of age and you must be a Canadian Citizen.