Andrew Allison

Voting Age

In Uncategorized on October 27, 2007 at 2:21 pm

At the SNP conference, the party has unanimously voted in favour of lowering the voting age to 16 years. I have a problem with this, although when I was sixteen and was involved in my first election campaign, I would have loved to vote.

The law at the moment is in a muddle. Recently the legal age for buying tobacco was raised to 18 years. So although the law states you are not responsible enough to smoke, it does think you are responsible enough drive a car, have sex and get married – albeit with the latter, you must have your parents’ permission.

If you are deemed responsible enough to vote at 16, then surely you are responsible enough to drink alcohol, smoke, have sex, drive a car and get married without your parents’ permission? Until this changes – which it will not – the voting age has to stay the same.

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