Why Sixteen-Year-Olds Shouldn’t Be Able to Vote

Elijah Knight, Staff Writer

I’m going to tell you why I think that the law that 16-year-olds can vote should not pass. Currently Fagan is one of the representatives that are trying to change the voting age to 16 in Oregon. They think that teen agers do so much with politics that they should be able to vote.

When you are 16 you don’t really have to take in to consideration what their ideas and actions will affect you. Even if you do take it into consideration you won’t know how it will fully affect you. Until they turn 18 and go and live alone, they won’t understand fully how it all works and affects people.

When you are 16 your brain is not even close to being fully developed. Your brain is not fully developed until you are 25. Many scientists who have studied how the brain works and how it grows have found that a 16-year old’s brain is years from being fully developed.

The younger you are the easier it is to persuade them. Their parents Might want them to vote for who they want and not who the teen wants. Also, there might be someone who pays them for their vote, and they would sell it easier than an adult. It kind of comes back to their brain not being fully developed they don’t know how important it is.