View Poll Results: Should the age limit for voting be dropped to 16?

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    Default Bradfords at it again :S

    I see in the news last night that Sue Bradford is advocating dropping the age where you can vote down to 16.
    I'm beginning to wonder where her little narrow-minded crusades will end
    What next... dropping the age of sexual consent to 14???
    Or will she take up where the Brits are arguing and make it illegal to have consentual sex with an intoxicated woman? The mind boggles

    Anyway, do you think dropping the age limit for voting (to 16) is a good idea, or not? Or is it just a way of getting more gullible voters?
    Last edited by Myth; 22-06-2007 at 07:11 AM.
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    Default Re: Bradfords at it again :S

    Quote Originally Posted by Myth View Post
    Anyway, do you think dropping the age limit for voting (to 16) is a good idea, or not? Or is it just a way of getting more gullible voters?
    Yep!!
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    Default Re: Bradfords at it again :S

    Has nobody told that b*%$h to shut up yet?




    You would think they would learn from lowering the drnkin age, but no they dont, lowering the vote age ....playing with fire...
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    Default Re: Bradfords at it again :S

    I say no its not a good idea and yes it is away of the greens (and labour ?) gaining more votes.

    But your poll is poorly constructed. It should have only 2 choices - yes or no.

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    Default Re: Bradfords at it again :S

    As Churchill once said "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

    Double that sentiment if the age is lowered.


    Age should be RAISED to 25 and an exam introduced. :P

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    Default Re: Bradfords at it again :S

    Quote Originally Posted by mmmork View Post
    As Churchill once said "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."

    Double that sentiment if the age is lowered.


    Age should be RAISED to 25 and an exam introduced. :P
    Politicians should have to pass some sort of exam too before they can be a politician.

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    Default Re: Bradfords at it again :S

    The more i think about this the more sense I see.
    I think it shouldnt be compulsory for registration or for voting, Id be hoping for more educated voting later in their lives.
    I dont see anything wrong with them voting with their parents, thats how it always was for years.
    However, I dont see this as needing to be tied to at blah blah age they can have sex, go to war, rah rah rah.
    Im quite prepared to change my mind.
    The generalised NO call from the public, half of them are doing that cos its Sue Bradford who has brought this up. The other half are saying NO cos it sounds good.
    I havent seen any good reasons for not lowering the age yet.

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    Default Re: Bradfords at it again :S

    It's clearly a bribe!

    What do most teens want to do at 16? Relax and smoke pot.
    What do the Greens want to do? Relax and smoke pot.

    Go figure.

    Someone sue that hag now!
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    Default Re: Bradfords at it again :S

    Quote Originally Posted by Lovelee
    I dont see anything wrong with them voting with their parents, thats how it always was for years. [...]

    I havent seen any good reasons for not lowering the age yet.
    Doesn't that kind of illustrate the point a sixteen year old is too young? If they just vote based on what their parents are voting, then it proves they are too young. That is not to say an 18 year old isn't influenced by other people, but at least an 18 year old is old enough to be able to make a more informed decision, hopefully having investigated each party's policies etc. It doesn't seem logical to say you are old enough to decide something as important as how the country is run at 16, but are too young to buy alcohol.

    If the Greens say sixteen year olds aren't old enough to decide what food they buy for lunch (see quote from their site below), then how can they possibly be old enough to vote? I don't think most 16 year olds would have much of an interest in voting anyway.

    The Healthy Food campaign initiative includes: [...] prohibiting the sale of fat, salt and sugar laden food and drinks in vending machines at schools; these should contain only natural juices, water, milk and healthy food snacks.

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    Default Re: Bradfords at it again :S

    I think is 16 too young, if anything I think the age should be raised to 20,

    Or how about make voting a privilege, you earn the right to vote by working in a job for a year or completing a years worth of study in a meaningful and useful course, basically if you contribute to society you get a say in the running of it,
    Last edited by Morgenmuffel; 22-06-2007 at 10:25 AM.
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