Lower the voting age?NEWS FACT Is your voice being heard by the people in power? No, says the National Youth Rights Association [NYRA NYRA New York Racing Association
NYRA National Youth Rights Association
NYRA New York Restaurant Association ]. A nonprofit organization Nonprofit Organization
An association that is given tax-free status. Donations to a non-profit organization are often tax deductible as well.
Examples of non-profit organizations are charities, hospitals and schools. , NYRA is working to lower the legal voting age from 18 to 16.
"All of the decisions that are made that affect [adolescents]--education, war, the environment--are done without their input," says NYRA's Executive Director Alex Korokmay-Palicz.
Many people say that 16-year-olds are not mature enough to make informed decisions. Curtis Gans is a voting expert at American University American University, at Washington, D.C.; United Methodist; founded by Bishop J. F. Hurst, chartered 1893, opened in 1914. It was at first a graduate school; an undergraduate college was opened in 1925. Programs provide for student research at many government institutions. in Washington, D.C. "I don't think anybody age 16 has any understanding of the political system, or any obligations as a citizen," he tells JS. "People 18 do."
Each state can make changes to its voting-rights laws. Legislators in California, Massachusetts, and Washington State are considering lowering the legal voting age in their states.
What Do You Think?
Should the voting age be lowered to 16?
Yes Teens under the age of 18 can cast votes in more than 10 countries around the world. the U.S., many 16-year-olds have jobs, axes, and drive cars. Aren't they prepared to vote?
Yes, says Michael Cappetta, 16, a junior at Chagrin Falls High School Chagrin Falls High School is located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, a southeastern suburb in the Greater Cleveland metropolitan area. In 2006, it was placed 97th on Newsweek Magazine's Top 1200 Schools list (1st in Greater Cleveland, 3rd in Ohio). in Ohio. "Opening up the voting pool to a younger generation may inspire our generation to vote more often, and take part in democracy," he sags. "For the people who claim young people should not vote, I ask them: 'How many of the past elections have you voted in?'"
Michael Ciappi, 13, notes that today's kids are well informed about global events. "A lot of kids my age now listen to the news and know what's going on Verb 1. know what's going on - be well-informed
be on the ball, be with it, know the score, know what's what
know - know how to do or perform something; "She knows how to knit"; "Does your husband know how to cook?" and deserve to vote," sags the eighth-grader at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Clifton, New Jersey Clifton is a city in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the United States 2000 Census, the city had a total population of 78,672.
Clifton was incorporated as a city by an Act of the New Jersey Legislature on April 26, 1917, replacing Acquackanonk Township, .
No "Kids who are 16 are not responsible enough to know who is a better candidate or to know whom to pick," says Melanie Ciappi, Michael's twin sister. "They would just choose whomever whom·ev·er
The objective case of whoever. See Usage Note at who.
the objective form of whoever: is more popular, not [someone they agree with on] the issues."
Anastasia Hansen, 14, sees voting as a right that should be earned. "Eighteen is the legal age for adulthood, so it should be an adult thing, not an adolescent one," sags the ninth-grader at St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas “Houston” redirects here. For other uses, see Houston (disambiguation).
Houston (pronounced /'hjuːstən/) is the largest city in the state of Texas and the . "It's sort of a privilege. You need to be more mature to make a decision as big as that.... You haven't had as much experience."
Maddison Miller, 11, a sixth-grader at Georgetown Middle School in Georgetown, Kentucky, agrees that 16-year-olds are not mature enough to vote. "They can act silly and probably don't pay enough attention to politics," she sags. "I don't think they should help run the country."