Your first question may be Why lower the voting age at all? Isn’t eighteen perfectly appropriate.
Here are my thoughts. Please add your own in the comments section. There are really two central lines of argument.
- Youth need the right to vote
On issue after issue, youth are most deeply and long-lastingly affected by the major problems that affect our society. Whether it’s climate change (which will affect them long after we are gone), the budget debt (which is on their backs) or social security (which they may never receive). Additionally, most sixteen and seventeen year-olds work, and all youth under 18 pay over $9.7 billion taxes alone.
- Lowering the Voting Age Would Encourage the Life Long Voting Habit
Allowing teens to vote at a younger age (say 16) would set youth on the path to lifelong voting. Why? Teens who are 16 or 17 usually live at home, most in communities they have resided for many years. They are often closely tied to those communities, and keenly feel local political developments (whether changes in education quality or city curfew laws). On the other hand, many 18 year olds are in a new community (often away at school). But even if still at home they are usually occupied by full-time work or college. Thus, high school students are more likely to exercise their right to vote than their college siblings would be.