No, High Schoolers Voting is NOT a Good Idea

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Whether it’s consuming laundry detergent, or using shot glasses to inflate their lips with the intention of resembling Kylie Jenner, Generation Z always finds a way to embarrass themselves- all while justifying their stupidity by deeming it the “latest trend.” On virtually every media platform, a myriad of stories are shown almost daily discussing an action or idiotic challenge circulating among those between the ages of 13 and 19.

Since the beginning of humankind, teenagers have hungered for the chance to exert their newly found independence and establish their authority as individuals. If they are denied this, they resort to eye-rolling, hostile attitudes, and the frigid wind of rebellion. Of course we, as young millenials, are not exempt from such behavior. However, unlike many of our younger counterparts, we don’t demand the level of influence adults have in our political system.  

Suppose we do lower voting eligibility to sixteen. How many teens would actually know this has been changed?

Very few adolescents follow the news or read about domestic affairs. Even if teenagers know the voting age was lowered, how many would care enough to mobilize? Only 55% of eligible voters participated in the 2016 election and there are an array of trends that point to lower youth turnout. It seems that it would be utterly pointless to alter the voting age.

Furthermore, most teens are ignorant on political issues. For example, many likely support ridding ourselves of the Second Amendment entirely after the Parkland shooting, despite knowing virtually nothing about why we have it in the first place. They do not understand that the Bill of Rights is rooted in protection of our liberties and are clueless of the implications excessive gun control could have.

We understand, but most of outside of our age group don’t. From a biological point of view, because the human brain hasn’t fully matured, younger people are mostly driven by emotions over rational thought, and thus are unable to make informed political decisions.

One might say that most legislation directly affects young people, therefore teens should have a say in legislation. However, if teens were actually concerned about the regulations and laws that affect their lives, they would be praising the latest tax cuts because they would know that they would be paying less taxes than our older counterparts did. Additionally, with the exception of education reform, most legislation actually impacts adults.

While it’s clear this generation may be filled with great ideas and will someday be the future of our country, it does not mean they should be granted the same power over our nation as adults. If we lower the voting age to 16, what’s next? 15? 14? 10? The supposed movement of “progress” may very well create a world where those just older than toddlers can cast a ballot.

Not everything in life is “fair” or “just.”  And thank goodness teens cannot vote because, if they could, our liberties would surely be imperiled.


Clay Robinson is an Economics student at Arizona State University. You can catch him tweeting, watching Parks and Recreation, or ordering an iced caramel macchiato.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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Clay Robinson is an Economics student at Arizona State University. You can catch him tweeting, watching Parks and Recreation, or ordering an iced caramel macchiato.

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