(6)Lowering the voting age


A level People and Politics (Democracy and Participation) Mind Map on (6)Lowering the voting age, created by Marcus Danvers on 25/10/2013.
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(6)Lowering the voting age
  1. Responsibilities without rights
    1. Lowering the Voting age is that it will create stronger political engagement.
      1. Currently 18-24 year old's have the lowest turn out.
        1. By lowering the voting it would reengage votes in the following ways, it would strength understanding and interested, it would reorientate politics around issues concerning younger voters.
        2. Youth interests ignored
          1. Youth interests are currently ignore under the system of voting at 18.
            1. Due to the lack of political representation of 16 to 18 year old their views, needs and interested are routinely marginalized or ignored.
              1. Lowering the voting age will give fresh thinking on education, drugs policy, and social morality.
              2. Stronger political engament
                1. concern about declineing civil engagement focuses particularly on the young, as 18-24 years old's have the lowest turnout rates
                  1. lowering the voting age would re-engage such voters in two ways.
                    1. First, it would strengthen their interest and understanding
                      1. Second, it would help to re-orientate politics around issues more meaningful to younger voters
                    2. Irrational cut-off age
                      1. The notion that the current voting age is a refection of intellectual and educational development is flawed.
                        1. It both ignores the steady rise in educational standards and the fact that no restrictions are applied to ignorant and poorly educated adults
                          1. If 16- or 17- years old's are being excluded from politics on the grounds of their knowledge and level of understanding, the principle is being very inconsistently applied
                          2. Immature voters
                            1. 16 years old's are immature voters.
                              1. Young people at 16 are usual in full time education and continue to live with their parents.
                                1. This means that they are not full citizens, and there educational development remains incomplete due to there immaturity.
                                  1. Most 16-18 year olds are unlikely to be interested in or understand politics.
                                  2. Preserving childhood
                                    1. The campaign to lower the voting age is a symptom of a larger trends to erode childhood by forcing adult responsibilities and choices on children and young people
                                      1. Adolescence should be a period during which young people can concentrate on school, enjoyment and personal development, without having weighty political matters placed on their shoulder
                                      2. Deferred representation
                                        1. To regard the lack of representation of 16-18 years old's as a political injustice is absurd
                                          1. Unlike women and the working classes of old, young people are not permanently denied political representation
                                            1. Their representation is only delayed or deferred. moreover, 18 year old's are also likely to be broadly in touch with the interests of 16 and 17 year old's
                                            2. Undermining turnout
                                              1. lowering the voting age would undermined turnout.
                                                1. This is the idea that by lowering the voting age the turnout rates may decline
                                                  1. The young person vote (16-24) may increases due to increased size of the group but the overall turnout may decline. Due to the fact that young voter are less likely to vote than older voters.
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