Analyses of national survey data demonstrate that by 16 years of age—but not before— American adolescents manifest levels of development in each quality of citizenship that are approximately the same as those apparent in young American adults who are allowed to vote.As the father of two bright and annoying teens, a 16-year-old and an 18-year-old, I can buy into this. Unfortunately, I can't access the full article and judge the reasoning as well as I'd like, such as comparisons of political sophistication by age. Then again, given the infamous lack of political knowledge found in general among the electorate, my hunch is dropping the age of voting could only improve matters. Or at least not hurt.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Should 16 and 17 year olds vote?
The title above says it all. Should they be able to vote? This piece by Daniel Hart and Robert Atkins argues that these teenagers below 18 are capable of voting. From the abstract: