It's time to lower the voting age and stop disenfranchising human beings who are perfectly competent. It is clear that young people today are fare more informed and competent to vote than a big percentage of people over 18. The world has changed. Smart phones and tablets are routinely used by two and three-year-olds. That has changed the sense of agency and the ability to engage with the world. It has also changed the way young people's brains work-- better than when elders were there age.
I'd say that voting age should be lowered to marriageable age, but marriage laws are crazy and stupid. Age of consent laws vary from sixteen to eighteen, by state. Thirty-one states have sixteen as the age of consent. Eight more list seventeen as the age of consent. The rest have eighteen as the age of consent, which I think is too old and unrealistic.
So I propose that any citizen who turns seventeen by November's Election Day should be allowed to vote in the preceding Spring primary and in the Fall general election for that year. That would allow a good portion of sixteen year olds to vote in primaries too.
Already, some nations, including Austria, Brazil and Scottland allow sixteen-year-olds to vote.
The laws that keep young people from voting are archaic relics from the times of top-down, patriarchal rule, when women couldn't vote at all and only older men who owned land were allowed to vote.
This change in the law to open voting to seventeen-year-olds should become an issue that every candidate should have to address starting this year. We need young people to become more engaged in the political process and in local civics.
I expect that since young people are far more likely to vote liberally, that this will be opposed by conservatives. But that shouldn't stop us from working to make this happen.
Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect,
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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind. Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big) to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet (more...)