No to 16-Year Old Voting (National Radio Commentary, Salem/Townhall) June 18, 2016Posted by daviddavenport in Op/Eds.
Ever on the bleeding edge of change, San Francisco is placing a measure on the November ballot to allow 16-year olds to vote. Two cities in Maryland have already done this, and an effort to lower the voting age nationally is underway.
The last time the voting age was lowered, it was done by constitutional amendment when young men were fighting in Vietnam at 18 and it didn’t seem right that they couldn’t vote on their national leaders until they were 21.
But the case this time is weak. Proponents argue it will help get kids more engaged, or even “trickle up” to their parents.
In every other area—the drinking age at 21, driving without conditions up to 17 or 18 in most states, the law is requiring more maturity ahead of greater responsibility.
It’s another bad idea that should be stopped.