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trayfoot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Nov-14-08 07:17 PM
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54. As an educator for more than 3 decades.............
I would definitely say NO to age 16. At this age, students have not had the requisite coursework to fully understand the nation and it governmental structure. There is ALSO that immaturity issue.
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  -Would you favor lowering the voting age to 16? WI_DEM  Nov-14-08 04:24 PM   #0 
  - Why? n/t  donco6   Nov-14-08 04:25 PM   #1 
  - why not?  WI_DEM   Nov-14-08 04:27 PM   #3 
  - Hard enough to accomodate the voters we have now.  louis-t   Nov-14-08 04:27 PM   #2 
  - If the length of polling lines is a consideration when setting the voting age  Telly Savalas   Nov-14-08 08:31 PM   #59 
  - Voting is a serious ADULT responsibility.  kestrel91316   Nov-14-08 04:29 PM   #4 
  - Thanks... but  Zombie2   Nov-14-08 04:29 PM   #5 
  - Dangerous. Sixteen is still susceptible to influence by one's  Progs Rock   Nov-14-08 04:29 PM   #6 
  - I agree. Although I know serveral 18-20 year olds still  rexy   Nov-14-08 04:48 PM   #22 
  - I was a 20 yo voter  OutspokenLiberal   Nov-14-08 04:50 PM   #25 
     - I had just turned 21 the day I voted in Oct. for President Obama.  rexy   Nov-14-08 04:57 PM   #31 
        - Congrats on having Dem parents! You won the genetic lottery.  Progs Rock   Nov-15-08 03:26 AM   #84 
  - On the plus side...  Orsino   Nov-14-08 05:02 PM   #34 
  - Not unless you lower the military service age to sixteen.  Elrond Hubbard   Nov-14-08 04:30 PM   #7 
  - I see no compelling reason to lower the voting age  Trajan   Nov-14-08 04:30 PM   #8 
  - Hell no!  tazkcmo   Nov-14-08 04:30 PM   #9 
  - Ditto  Fire1   Nov-14-08 07:15 PM   #52 
  - No. I work with teens and they aren't mature enough  OKNancy   Nov-14-08 04:30 PM   #10 
  - The same can be said of people in their forties and fifties.  Telly Savalas   Nov-14-08 08:32 PM   #60 
     - It's far more predictable and likely with a MINOR.  WinkyDink   Nov-14-08 08:33 PM   #62 
  - I'd raise the vote to 35 (as long as we are being arbitrary)  ben_meyers   Nov-14-08 04:31 PM   #11 
  - No. One priciple I think too many people have the franchise  AngryAmish   Nov-14-08 04:35 PM   #12 
  - I'm glad you're not the one deciding it, then (nt)  Posteritatis   Nov-14-08 05:40 PM   #44 
  - Sure  IntravenousDemilo   Nov-14-08 04:36 PM   #13 
  - I respectfully disagree  ashling   Nov-14-08 04:49 PM   #24 
  - No, lower the DRINKING age  alwysdrunk   Nov-14-08 04:36 PM   #14 
  - Yes.  Dappleganger   Nov-14-08 04:46 PM   #18 
     - Alternatively don't let people in the military until 21.  Zynx   Nov-14-08 04:47 PM   #20 
        - No  rexthedestroyer   Nov-14-08 08:51 PM   #69 
           - That's part of the problem. At 18 young men are more bull-headed than they are at 21.  Zynx   Nov-15-08 09:53 AM   #97 
  - No way. I remember how foolish I was at sixteen.  Herdin_Cats   Nov-14-08 04:36 PM   #15 
  - Yes, because there are many so called adults that are juvenile  dascientist   Nov-14-08 04:37 PM   #16 
  - No,  Genevieve   Nov-14-08 04:46 PM   #17 
  - No.  TexasObserver   Nov-14-08 04:47 PM   #19 
  - No  ronnykmarshall   Nov-14-08 04:48 PM   #21 
  - No  JimWis   Nov-14-08 04:49 PM   #23 
  - Will you be back in 10 years asking us to make it 14?  ddeclue   Nov-14-08 04:50 PM   #26 
  - No--you aren't truly independent until you graduate from High School.  Bicoastal   Nov-14-08 04:51 PM   #27 
  - Yes.  always_saturday   Nov-14-08 04:52 PM   #28 
  - No, and I think the minimum age for driving without supervision should be raised to 18  slackmaster   Nov-14-08 04:54 PM   #29 
  - No...the idea is too "Wild in the Streets" for me.  terrya   Nov-14-08 04:54 PM   #30 
  - THAT'S IT!@!!  tkmorris   Nov-14-08 05:50 PM   #48 
     - Hey...it had Richard Pryor in his film debut!  terrya   Nov-14-08 05:54 PM   #50 
  - "Wild in the Streets"  Terran   Nov-14-08 04:59 PM   #32 
  - That movie is playing on cable currently. Those who haven't seen it  Kahuna   Nov-15-08 08:36 AM   #91 
  - ## PLEASE DONATE TO DEMOCRATIC UNDERGROUND! ##  DU GrovelBot   Nov-14-08 04:59 PM   #33 
  - Sure, if they're allowed to drink beer, drive, and get shot at, too.  sofa king   Nov-14-08 05:09 PM   #35 
  - NO! There are too many people who are 30-40-50-60- who have no f-ing idea who to vote for;  codjh9   Nov-14-08 05:17 PM   #36 
  - No way! You must be kidding!  Upton   Nov-14-08 05:19 PM   #37 
  - Well, *I* should've been able to vote when I was 16... haha  last_texas_dem   Nov-14-08 05:22 PM   #38 
  - no nt  yadayadayada   Nov-14-08 05:22 PM   #39 
  - No.  InvisibleTouch   Nov-14-08 05:27 PM   #40 
  - Hell no  Bluenorthwest   Nov-14-08 05:28 PM   #41 
  - Nope  peace frog   Nov-14-08 05:30 PM   #42 
  - yeah!  Candie Date   Nov-14-08 05:36 PM   #43 
  - No.  SalviaBlue   Nov-14-08 05:46 PM   #45 
  - No way.  AZBlue   Nov-14-08 05:47 PM   #46 
  - no. and my 11 and 13 yr old suredly WAY more informed than many adults  seabeyond   Nov-14-08 05:49 PM   #47 
  - No way in HELL! AND the DRIVING AGE needs to be RAISED, imo.  1Hippiechick   Nov-14-08 05:53 PM   #49 
  - No.  faygokid   Nov-14-08 05:55 PM   #51 
  - Only if you cut it off at 40.  JJ   Nov-14-08 07:17 PM   #53 
  - As an educator for more than 3 decades.............  trayfoot   Nov-14-08 07:17 PM   #54 
  - I think it's more about the knowledge of government and current events in general.  SurferBoy   Nov-14-08 07:32 PM   #55 
  - Don't see any reason to  ElizabethDC   Nov-14-08 07:42 PM   #56 
  - I think it should be raised to 25.  Joe Fields   Nov-14-08 07:50 PM   #57 
  - No  Lana   Nov-14-08 07:56 PM   #58 
  - Having taught high school: NO.  WinkyDink   Nov-14-08 08:33 PM   #61 
  - No. Because US history isn't taught in most high schools  qwlauren35   Nov-14-08 08:34 PM   #63 
  - Then change the curriculum. That's not a necessary constant. n/t  Unvanguard   Nov-14-08 09:04 PM   #73 
  - No. I'm for raising the minimum wage and equal pay. n/t  Waiting For Everyman   Nov-14-08 08:35 PM   #64 
  - Why?  Codeine   Nov-14-08 08:37 PM   #65 
  - Hell, no  gristy   Nov-14-08 08:39 PM   #66 
  - BAD IDEA ! These kids are too young to fully grasp the issues and are not adults by law. BAD IDEA!  RBInMaine   Nov-14-08 08:41 PM   #67 
  - Certainly.  Unvanguard   Nov-14-08 08:45 PM   #68 
  - Yes, because voting is LESS important than being able to sign a legal document.  WinkyDink   Nov-14-08 08:55 PM   #70 
     - What does it have to do with "importance"?  Unvanguard   Nov-14-08 09:00 PM   #71 
  - hmmm, I am going to pass on the idea of letting sixteen year olds vote.  gingersnaps1   Nov-14-08 09:03 PM   #72 
  - Lower it to zero. If kids can be taxed (via deficits) they should...  gulliver   Nov-14-08 09:23 PM   #74 
  - No. And, uh, no.  Robeson   Nov-14-08 09:34 PM   #75 
  - no. looking at my 14 year old and the scores that show is considered  ladywnch   Nov-14-08 09:42 PM   #76 
  - YES. 16 yr old liberals >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> adult/old conservatives.  goletian   Nov-14-08 10:11 PM   #77 
  - Yes I do. It's their future too. n/t  Bubbha Jo   Nov-14-08 11:08 PM   #78 
  - Why not? It would match the average voter IQ.  Hubert H. Hubert   Nov-15-08 01:06 AM   #79 
  - Sure. A lot of them not only do learn about the candidates and issues...  backscatter712   Nov-15-08 01:06 AM   #80 
  - No.  1corona4u   Nov-15-08 01:07 AM   #81 
  - Since I'm not in favor of lowering the age of contract to 16, no, I am not.  Occam Bandage   Nov-15-08 01:09 AM   #82 
  - We haven't even resolved rights for 18 year olds.  marle35   Nov-15-08 01:14 AM   #83 
  - Wait - if a fetus is a person, shouldn't they get to vote? Zygotes? nt  old mark   Nov-15-08 05:12 AM   #85 
  - Yes.  H2O Man   Nov-15-08 05:46 AM   #86 
  - No  shayes51   Nov-15-08 06:59 AM   #87 
  - How about we lower it to 13? I'm mean there are some  cboy4   Nov-15-08 07:23 AM   #88 
  - No.  pecwae   Nov-15-08 07:48 AM   #89 
  - 14 or fight!!! nt  Kahuna   Nov-15-08 08:34 AM   #90 
  - No.  blackops   Nov-15-08 09:05 AM   #92 
  - NO. Not unless they are required to support themselves  JeanGrey   Nov-15-08 09:06 AM   #93 
  - Absolutely Not (n/t)  Paladin   Nov-15-08 09:25 AM   #94 
  - Any age someone can be tried as an adult should also be used for other age dependent issues  dcindian   Nov-15-08 09:32 AM   #95 
  - NO FRICKIN' WAY!  beaglelover   Nov-15-08 09:33 AM   #96 
 

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