Set new standard for who can vote

OlympiaMay 29, 2014 

A s an American teenager, it’s recently been troubling me that our nation’s laws say that when I turn 18, I’ll suddenly have the maturity and education to be able to vote, serve on a jury, buy tobacco, etc. I’m a politically educated citizen that pays taxes, yet I can’t vote. Does “no taxation without representation” sound familiar to anyone? Why can’t a simple civics test be implemented in order for any citizen to vote? Many people over 18 have a terrible understanding of politics, yet have the option to vote (which they use), while there’s many teens and even children that have the ability to form informed political opinions without the ability to vote on issues that affect them directly. Just some food for thought.

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