Lately, the issue of lowering the voting age has come back into the spotlight.
And as a 14 year old, damn, I would have loved to vote last year.
Last year, we were focusing on the election and politics in Social Studies. We went from uneducated future voters to, well, educated future voters. That’s what an education does!
If we were able to vote in last years election, around 80%-90% of us would have voted on the base of our own political views. Not our parents views. Not our friends views. Our views.
And if a group of 13 and 14 year olds can vote reasonably, I have no doubt that 16 and 17 year olds can as well. But, it’s only after we started learning about politics and the election, that we started becoming educated voters.
With elections only happening once every three years, politics is generally out of the eye of teenagers. But, we need to make sure that teenagers learn about politics, and give them the chance to develop their own political views.
I believe we need a mandatory civics class for both year nines and tens. Once that happens, we will be ready to give sixteen year olds the vote.
Once that happens, we will also see a higher voter turn out. We will have more educated voters means more voters going to the polls.
The views of young people will be better represented in parliament.
And that can only be a good thing.