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  • No I don't think that would be a very good idea. Because many years before the age of 50, does the ideas and choices the government makes affect our lives a lot. And it would not do any good to have people at the age of 30 who's lives are being affected in a negative way which could be avoided if they could vote. +5
  • great idea - but I do not think it would work. As far as I am concerned, the voting age whould be lowered! 16 year olds can pay taxes, but cannot decide how those taxes are spent! They can fight for their country, but cannot decide which battles they fight! I am not sure if i would advocate a lowering of the voting age to 16, but perhaps voting should be restricted to tax payers! it is their money which affects how the country is run!
  • That's a pretty stupid idea, honestly. I mean, there are a lot of people under the age of 50, and I don't think it would be fair for all of them to be subject to what the 50-and-overs think is best. Also, just because someone is 50 doesn't mean they make sound decisions. In fact, age has nothing to do with the ability to look at the issues.
  • Absolutely not. Old people tend to become more conservative, and start to become senile. If only 50+ people voted, we'd still be living in caves. Younger people have MORE experience than older ones, when you're dealing with the life of today.
  • Not at all. With a democracy, we got to take the good with the bad. Anyone who is paying taxes has every right to be able to vote on who their leaders are and so forth.
  • Let's think about this for a minute: A voting age of 50 or older so people who vote would "have experience with issues and not just opinions"? So how does this hold with the Constitutional requirement of a person running for the House of Representatives be at least 25 years of age? Or the Senate be at least 30 years of age? Or the President be at least 35 years of age? http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html Things that mak you say "hmmmmmmm...." :):):)
  • i think you aimed a bit high +5
  • Like age actually determines something like that.
  • Twenty-one would be better than eighteen. Fifty or older probably not. I like a mix of ages.
  • I think that age isn't necessarily a measure of how much knowledge/experience one has about issues. Being well informed is a function of how involved a person is in the workings of their government, and takes a lot of work on their part. If you want informed people voting, then you shoudl suggest that people take a voting test to get their registration card [like taking a driving test to get your license.]
  • There should be one single age of responsibility. Eighteen is what we've mostly settled on though the drinking age was raised - something I feel is wrong. I also feel it is wrong for anyone to enter into contracts with the military before they are eighteen. . One age. One line for legal adulthood.
  • no, young people are the future with fresh new ideas. We'd be 50 years behind.
  • That's absurd. Young people can think well on issues. I'm almost 19 and voted for the 1st time last November on ALL the props in my state with discretion and thought about every 1 of them not just from my selfish point of view, but from the standpoint of, "How will this affect society?" Besides, old people can have hang-ups too. There are idiot 50-year-olds. Do you know how many dumb, close-minded individuals over 50 are out there? Besides, you forget that people over 70 can start having SERIOUS mental problems due to alzheimers. You need a new point-of-view.
  • no because what is happening in the world involves them and everyone should have a say about what is going on around them. +5
  • On the contrary, old people are ofton more stubborn than younger people. Therefore elections would not only be more opinionated, but they would also not reflect the needs and wants of the majority of the population.
  • No, 21 is old enough
  • Maybe, maybe not. Age does not determine experience or wisdom. Just depends on situation in which you grow up. And as for the opinions, everyone has opinions, old and young people. And I would assume that both sides would be quite happy to argue against one another about said opinions.
  • I wouldn't want to live in a country like that.
  • I take offense to you saying that anyone who is receiving money from the Government should not be able to vote. I worked almost all of my adult life until I became disabled at 55. I am not getting Welfare! I am getting SSDI which is Social Security Disability Insurance. I paid into SS for many years and now that I am not able to work, I am getting some of my money back to live on. * I'm not trying to start an arguement but it just hit me wrong when I read what you said about a person receiving money from the Government. I gave you points anyway because I am a nice person.
  • experience doesnt mean knowledge
  • 50 is too extreme, but I agree with you that the 18 age is too young to vote. They don't know life and they don't have the 50th's wisdom. The 18th y.o. teens form their opinions based on what the parents tell them, or what they hear from the liberal media. And this is not right.
  • Sorry, Sparky, I don't agree with you there. I have met just as many 50 year olds with ill-informed opinions and no experience with the issues that inflame their passion. While young adults are more likely to be immature due to lack of experience, age does not always equate with wisdom. At least the 18 year old has some hope of growing up intellectually, but an ignorant older person is more likely to stay that way because they have less interest in learning and growing.
  • Yes. And while we're at it, let's restrict to people of mixed race, since any others would have a bias toward one race or another. And only hermaphrodites, so that they can't have a male or female bias.
  • HELL NO! A lot of 50 and older folks I've met have some truly weirded out notions. Not to mention you get creepier the older you get. Mandate that all speeding limits be lowered to 10 miles an hour less? Uh-uh. That a person not come to a full and complete stop at a stop sign or red light? Forget it.
  • We who are over fifty may be better prepared to answer questions about life. The younger folks can better provide answers about advancing technology.
  • Yes definitely then the Republicans would always win, that's what you want right?
  • What difference does it make? There are many people who do not even use their voting rights anyway. BUT I think if you are old enough to fight for your country then you are old enough to vote.
  • I supported and spoke for the 1970 federal legislation and the 26th amendment(ratified 1971) which gave suffrage to 18 year olds. As a speaker at my high school graduation, in 1972, I exhorted my classmates to vote and to become involved in politics. I find this question incredibly offensive, even though I now would qualify to vote under your standards.

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