What should the age limit be to vote in elections?

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In my opinion, I think that the age limit should currently be lower than it is - 18+. I think this because there are people that are 15,16 and 17 that know all about politics and leaders of political parties, and they would probably know some of the manefesto of the bigger parties such as conservatives, labour and lib dems. So I think that the age limit should be 15+ or 16+ to vote in elections because these people would still have an accurate view of how to vote and what to do, not to just vote because of the leader of the party.

Another reason why the age limit could be lower is that the country should not be run just by adults, younger people should also get to vote on who they want to be the leader of their constituency and their country.

51 years ago in 1969 the age limit to vote was lowered from 21 years to 18 years but now, some people think that it has come to the time for the age limit to be lowered again, to 16 years. This is not the first time this idea has been brought up by MPs and people of the UK; it was mentioned before in 1999 and 2005 but both times it has been rejected and voted against by parliament. Although this happened, 16 and 17 year olds were granted the power to vote in Scotland for its independence referendum. After this the majority thought this was not right, and the age limit was brought back up to its natural place.

When the idea of lowering the voting age was mentioned, it was the labour Party that was defending the idea and voting from it. A quote from Jeremy Corbyn, the labour leader, is 'we cannot allow this Conservative government to deny one and a half million people their full rights as citizens.' He said this because the conservatives were opposing them and there are one and a half million teenagers in the UK. The opposing party, the conservatives, have their opinions because they think that it is not until you are 18 that you are fully recognised as an adult and not until you are 18 that you gain all of your rights and citizenship. In this situation, I would agree with the Labour Party in my opinion.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/should-the-voting-age-be-lowered-to-16-a8882731.html

I hope you enjoyed my post,

focused_blackberry

Comments (100)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
    14 Jan 2020

    This is a great discussion starter and I have awarded you a star for the speaking-up skill. Well done. I would be very interested to hear what other Burnet News Club members think about this topic too.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg willing_flight | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    14 Jan 2020

    i think it should be 16 because at that age, most teenagers understand the concept of voting and who is a good politician. And they understand what the politician is saying to do.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School glad_avocado | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    14 Jan 2020

    I think that it should stay how it is because if children could vote then they would probably just be silly and vote for random things and they also probably would not even care about what they vote for.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School considerate_seal | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    14 Jan 2020

    i think it should be 10💖

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    1. Halsnead logo honorable_ocean | Halsnead Primary School
      considerate_seal's comment 16 Jan 2020

      no it shod not be 10 because you are to young so it should be 15 because you will much more grown up

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    2. Halsnead logo assured_power | Halsnead Primary School
      considerate_seal's comment 16 Jan 2020

      You should not be ten years old when are allowed to vote because it is a genaral election

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      1. Halsnead logo wonderful_cymbals | Halsnead Primary School
        assured_power's comment 23 Jan 2020

        But could you walk into a place and vote when your only ten and you can't tell anyone what you voted including your mum and dad

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    3. Tendring Primary School resilient_elderberry | Tendring Primary School
      considerate_seal's comment 26 Jan 2020

      I think that 10 might be a little bit too young but I think 13 is a better age to vote as you will understand more than a 10 year old.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School fiery_fox | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    14 Jan 2020

    I think the age of being able to vote should be 15 because most people of that age understand who is responsible.

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  • Hammond School logo fantastic_world | Hammond Junior School F
    14 Jan 2020

    I think it should be 13 and above because when your thirteen you officially a teenager and you should be old enough to think for yourself, make the right decisions, not get influenced by other children. If you are younger you could get influenced very easily

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    1. Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
      fantastic_world's comment 14 Jan 2020

      I have to disagree with you on this particular point, as much as thirteen-year olds are able to make decisions for themselves and take their life where they want to- will they have the capacity to vote and go to secondary school at the same time. Wouldn't being able to vote just put stress on them... then taking them to the point where they never want to vote again. I know you would think that 13-year olds would not feel that stressed, but voting is a huge decision to make and could have a REAL impact on the country if you vote for the wrong person. Also, another thing is the fact that when the party they most hate gains power, they could feel partly responsible for the sad eyes around them and feel depressed and guilty. To round of my argument, I do think the voting age should be lowered but down so far that it interferes with education and school life.

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  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg patient_bee | Crampton Primary School
    14 Jan 2020

    I think the age limit to vote should be 10+ because by then we should have the rights to vote for our future. I strongly believe this is a reasonable age because the choices that are made will mostly effect us. As the future citizens this is the correct thing to do because young people know about the environment and how this could badly effect us in adulthood and our children in childhood. For example children listen to scientists unlike most adults. Adults don,t even know that pollution could become unchangeable by 2030 which is only 10 years away and their the ones who can vote, the ones that don,t know anything about this pollution crisis! This is why younger people should vote.

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  • Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg shining_brain | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
    14 Jan 2020

    i think that the age to be able to vote should be 13 because that's the stage were you will understand most politics and it is also THEIR future so they should have right to. i sometimes feel like it is silly to let adults vote for us kids because once the same adults who voted died voting for something that they thought would benefit the children, ends up backfiring.the children would be the people to take all the blame and they would also have to fix the problems; i also think that 18 is a good enough age because that's when you take a step into adulthood and your life will nearly revolve around politics! 10 would be a good age too because that's when kids take their first step into democracy and they understand the importance of taking care of the earth and its people. when you are yr 3-4 and over you start to learn about really big problems like plastic pollution or climate change and the worst part is that the adults that are doing this yet they get their say and not us? i'm not saying children don't do it too but the adults birthed us and led us to this broken earth we call home. and personally i feel like even the childish people/ children would be serious when it comes to democracy because there own future and fate comes down to themselves. in conclusion i think the right age should be 12 because we need time for children to learn more about whats happening and by the time im 18 years old it might be to late to act. great post it really got me thinking!

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      shining_brain's comment 15 Jan 2020

      A range of reasons given to back up your opinion, well done!

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    2. Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg radical_reality | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
      shining_brain's comment 21 Jan 2020

      I agree, the age limit should be lowered to 13 or 14 because at this point most of the children are doing more tho help the world. They also need a say, some of the adults are not listening to what we have to say, to our voice. So that's why we (children) should be able to vote.

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  • The Sherwood School productive_eel | The Sherwood School
    15 Jan 2020

    I personally think 18 is a reasonable age as you can to many things.You already have your Ni number you can drive you can drink,smoke and work and you are at ll educated as as you are in6 form uni or college.Most importantly the UK government considers you as an adult.This means you are well educated and you will make choices based on your future.In my opinion any other is too high because some are irresponsible.At thirteen you might not be bothered or when you are picking you might do eeni meenie mini mo to pick a party you don't even know.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg talented_cookie | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    15 Jan 2020

    This is a really good question for this issue! This got my mind working well! Here is my opinion:
    In my eyes, the voting system should change to 16+ because all that 16 year olds can do is join the arm force ( they would have to train for 2 years and they could ofically join at the age of 18 ) and get married only if they were willing to. But only one thing they can do is vote. People that are aged 16 or less may feel like it would a long time till they could vote and maybe the voting already happened and it can't rewind. They may also feel like their voice could never be heard for a long period of time. When they have learnt a lot of knowledge from school, they would have a lot of reasons about why they have voted that side. Not only the UK changed their age system to vote to 18+, Here are the following points of the countries who changed their vote system.
    - UK 1969
    - USA 1971
    - CAN
    - West Germany 1972
    - Australia 1974
    - France 1974
    There are also a few countries that decided to change their age system limit to 16+. Here are the following countries:
    - Nicaragua
    - Brazil
    - The Isle of Man
    - Guernsey
    - Jersey
    - Scotland
    - Austria
    - Ecuador
    - Argentina
    - Malta
    - Estonia
    We should join these countries and let younger people decide. Isn't it a bit silly and weird that adults always have the right to vote for children and the children can't vote themselves as they can have a respnsibility to do so? Something that could stop 16 or 17 year olds from voting could be their parents. They could think that they are not old enough and decide and they can tell them to decide whatever they voted for.
    Thank you for reading.
    - talented_cookie

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School happy_fact | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    15 Jan 2020

    On the one hand, some believe that it should be a old age to be able to vote for our country or even the world. This may be because they think that children will just copy their parents or friends opinion because they are only young and don't understand how important it is to vote for what YOU personally believe!!

    However, on the other hand, others believe that children should be able to vote at a young age such as 10 . This is because they believe that it's OUR world too! And no one will take that away from us! Also it's not fair for it to be just adults because children will have to face the consequences when they get older.

    After approaching the information with open mindedness and scepticism, I strongly believe that the right thing to do is to let children vote (at least at the age of 10) because of the reasons I stated above!
    Thanks for reading my comment!

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  • Halsnead logo persuasive_bell | Halsnead Primary School
    16 Jan 2020

    I reckon that you should be allowed to vote at 17+ because its a responsible age and you will know all about voting from school .

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  • Halsnead logo flourished_spring | Halsnead Primary School
    16 Jan 2020

    I agree with you because some times we have to change the rules and some times why cant we just keep some rules that had all ready been said.

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  • Halsnead logo assured_power | Halsnead Primary School
    16 Jan 2020

    I think you should be allowed to vote at any age because you should not be only allowed when you are 18 .

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School affable_antelope | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    16 Jan 2020

    10 and over we deserve our rights😎

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    1. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
      affable_antelope's comment 25 Mar 2020

      although we have our rights, like you said, i think that the age limit should be 16, because many 10 year old children don't understand democracy and may just go in with their mum and dad and tick all the boxes as a joke. But this would be no 'joke' to the people who have to count up the scores when they have to throw away the hundreds of papers where some kids just come in and waste peoples time and paper.

      i rest my case.

      By Decisive_spring.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School humble_radio | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    16 Jan 2020

    i think you should be 18 to vote

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School happy_fact | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    16 Jan 2020

    Why do you think that? Can you explain your reasoning?

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  • Hillyfield School logo triumphant_performance | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    16 Jan 2020

    I really liked your post however I think that the age limit should be 8+ because the young people should get a say in what they want for their future

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    1. Arnhem-Wharf-logo-250x250.jpg willing_flight | Arnhem Wharf Primary School
      triumphant_performance's comment 19 Jan 2020

      I disagree because some children at that age can get influenced by bad behaviour easily and they won't really understand who had a good speech to be a leader and who they should vote for.

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    2. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
      triumphant_performance's comment 25 Mar 2020

      i think that the age limit should be 16, not 8, because 8 year olds can be very immature and not take voting seriously in any way. Also, having a bunch of 8 year olds running round a voting station, would never end well and this could upset the other citizens trying to vote. And, as willing_flight said, 'some children at that age can get influenced by bad behaviour easily and they won't really understand who had a good speech to be a leader and who they should vote for' so this is why i believe that you must be 16 + to vote in a public election.

      By Decisive_spring.

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  • Hillyfield School logo content_currency | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    16 Jan 2020

    I think that the age limit should be 10.they should be aloud to vote I think this because if there is a 10 year old who does have an opinion he or she should vote because they have a right to .Just because your a certain age doesn't mean that you can't be heard from .finally children should try to be heard from the most and who knows maybe that child will be inspired and will become future prime minister. therefore I think the age limit should be 10.

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  • Hillyfield School logo stupendous_market | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    16 Jan 2020

    Me and other children in my class agree that the age limit to vote should be lowered to 10 years of age.If these childen are intrested in politics thay should vote.Sorry no more time.

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    1. Preston Manor School digital_assumption | Preston Manor School
      stupendous_market's comment 24 Jan 2020

      I don't agree with you because if the age was lowered to 10 there would be unfair votes going towards a party that was randomly picked by a 10 yr old.It would also be unfair because most adults find it hard to decide what party to vote for but if you were to allow children to vote they would vote for the first thing the see which eliminates the whole concept of a democracy.

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        1. Preston Manor School digital_assumption | Preston Manor School
          affable_antelope's comment 31 Jan 2020

          I'm not saying that 10 year old children are stupid. I'm saying that 10 year olds and younger might not understand their votes' consequences as they might not understand the whole concept of politics and democracy. For example,if 10 year old kids were given consent by the parliament to vote,they would want the government to spend money on things that aren't necessary for the country like parks,toys and theme parks rather than youth clubs,hospitals and schools.

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          1. Lyons Hall Primary School affable_antelope | Lyons Hall Primary School D
            digital_assumption's comment 27 Feb 2020

            now your saying there are dumb
            😲☹😤

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            1. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
              affable_antelope's comment 30 Mar 2020

              i agree with digital_assumption because they are not saying that 10 year olds are dumb or stupid, they is just saying that they can be immature and not know what to vote for so they just throw in a random answer that they have not actually considered.

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            2. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
              affable_antelope's comment 30 Mar 2020

              digital_assumption has outrun you here. There is not much more to say, he has made a decent point and you have only really said that he said something that he never said, so you have kind of dug yourself into a hole here. I'm sorry.

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            3. Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
              affable_antelope's comment 30 Mar 2020

              Or they might be a she, i'm not sure...

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  • Christ Church Primary School fascinating_tennis | Christ Church Primary School
    16 Jan 2020

    I think 20 because your not a teenagerd
    s

    I think 20 because your not a teenager anymore and your resspnsible

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    1. Halsnead logo assured_power | Halsnead Primary School
      fascinating_tennis's comment 16 Jan 2020

      You are responsible when you are 19 because you are classed as a adult

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  • Graveney-logo-250x250.jpg lovable_writer | Graveney School
    16 Jan 2020

    I agree that the minimum age for voting should be moved down to 16, because a large number of the current people voting will never see the full effects of their choices, whereas we are the next generation who these decisions are going to affect the most. In response to stupendous_market, I do not think the minimum age of voting should be lowered to 10 because many ten and eleven year olds are likely to vote the way their parents did, because scientific research has shown us that our ability to think completely independently has not developed fully at that age. However, returning to my original point, I think 16+ should be allowed, because we are the voice of the future generation and we must be heard somehow.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School sensitive_introduction | Lyons Hall Primary School A
    16 Jan 2020

    I think 16 year olds and older should have the option to vote because they are at the age where they are well informed about current political events. Plus, it would get another age group to vote, making the votes higher and increasing more awareness. I believe if you are 16 or over, you can make your decisions on who you should vote for by yourself. Furthermore, I think that people under 16 years old are at an age where they may feel they are encouraged or persuaded to vote for a specific candidate. Also at a young age you could pick up information from other people and base your vote on what you heard from that person not making it an honest, well informed vote.

    My age limit for voting would be 16 and older.

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  • Hammond School logo chatty_leopard | Hammond Junior School B
    17 Jan 2020

    I think yes and no because everyone I think deserves to vote and it will be nice if everyone can vote but children may not understand what is going on or who the right leader to vote for is.

    I think yes because everyone should be allowed to express their option on what is going on and what they think a good priminister would take. Also it could could completely change the vote.

    On the other hand, it may not be suitable for children to vote as people may think children are messing up the vote and to not know what they are doing.

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  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg champion_seahorse | Birchwood C of E Primary School
    17 Jan 2020

    I think the age limit should be 16+because if you can go to the army you should be able to vote

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg kind_hurricane | Richmond Hill Academy
    17 Jan 2020

    8 because if you have to be 18 to smoke and 21 to drink but we have to be 8 to use a uigu bored

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  • Michael-Faraday-logo-250x250.jpg memorable_orchard | Michael Faraday School
    18 Jan 2020

    In my opinion, there shouldn't be an age limit to vote. I think this way because many people have different IQs. If an underage person were to be experienced and intelligent enough to vote, then what would be the difference with them and an adult voting?
    (Brain-Stand!)
    However, that would allow the less advanced underaged pupils to vote. They would not understand the atmosphere, which would give ineffective results, that can heavily affect the way things are handled.
    Though my personal resolution to this would be to set an assessment to seek out for the academically brilliant. However, it wouldn't be a general or public event anymore.

    What do YOU think?


    Thank you for reading.
    Memorable_orchard.

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  • Hammond School logo daring_date | Hammond Junior School B
    20 Jan 2020

    I do not think there should be a age limit on if they can vote because if they have a grate idea that the priminister has not thought about there could a even better way forward also you never know if the next priminister might be under 18!!!

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  • Hammond School logo precious_desert | Hammond Junior School B
    20 Jan 2020

    To be voting I don't think it should be 18 or higher because lots of kids in the world probably have some great ideas for the country. So I think it should be 10 or higher because like I said lots of kids probably have talents for political choices.

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  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg giving_twilight | Evelyn Street Primary School A
    20 Jan 2020

    I think voting age should stay the age of 18 because, most teens do not understand the concept of voting and how to understand it. Politics are confusing and hard to understand. If children - the age of 12 and over - were able to vote, it would create so much controversy. If the age of voting was taken down to a lower age, I believe that there should be a test done in schools and high schools to prove that children of this age and above understood the means of politics and how to deal with them. To understand politics properly, schools should enforce an educational topic of what is going on with voting and MP's (like BNC). This would be to secure the understanding of young pupils.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      giving_twilight's comment 20 Jan 2020

      If they did this, could the voting age be lowered then?

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      1. Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg giving_twilight | Evelyn Street Primary School A
        Tom @ the BNC's comment 20 Jan 2020

        Yes, I do think voting age would be lowered because there would be more of an understanding. It is the younger generation's future too that we have to live in.

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  • Brompton Westbrook logo entertaining_olive | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    20 Jan 2020

    I think children should not be allowed to vote because they might not know about politics. Some older children know about politics and are far more sensible than younger kids. So I think people ove the age of 13 should be allowed to vote because lots of teens have an understanding of politics.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School caring_tiger | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    20 Jan 2020

    I think children should not be allowed to vote because they are not as responsible as adults whereas if you make the age limit to 16 or 18+ it would be much easier since people that age are responsible enough to vote.

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  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg appreciative_turtle | Noel Park Primary School
    20 Jan 2020

    In my opinion I think that children over the age of 15 should be able to vote. I think this because currently it is 18+ but there are many 15 16 and 17 year olds who truly understand politics and leadership better than some adults do currently .Also many different people have different IQ's at different ages meaning they could know a lot about that specific or previous votes and would make the right decision (debatable). Introducing younger minds to the voting process could influence politicians and the public in the future ,hopefully . In conclusion from my point of view allowing 15+ to vote would be best.

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg fearless_dusk | John Ray Junior School
    21 Jan 2020

    I think that the age limit to vote in an election should be 16+ instead of just 18. This is because people that are over the age of sixteen usually have a good understanding of political matters. Also, they are going to be the next adults and I feel that they should have a say of what happens in the world they are in. In my opinion, I think that, although their age, they still do understand a great deal of what happens in our country and should therefore be allowed to express their opinion about different matters that could change their lives.

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  • Richmond-Hill-logo-250x250.jpg committed_physics | Richmond Hill Academy
    21 Jan 2020

    I think the age should be changed to 15 because if any other age votes they become either to mature and think about every single detail of the options given or if the are too young like 12 the options can startle you and you will make decision that your family would prefer as you do not really have the knowledge to understand all of this so you have a chance of making the wrong decision. But if you are 15 you are in the middle of being a fully grown adult and a child. So there is a chance you are not being biased and you can make decision that you think are right for you. Whereas being 18 or 21 can depend what sort of influence is around you.

    Thanks.

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  • John-Ray-logo-250x250.jpg modest_donkey | John Ray Junior School
    21 Jan 2020

    I think that the age limit to vote should be 16+. They deserve to vote because they understand a lot about how the country is run. They are soon to be adults and if they start voting now it will be easier for them in the future.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg compassionate_seal | Upton Cross Primary School
    21 Jan 2020

    I think it should be 21 because you are said an adult if you are 21 or over.

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  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg meticulous_octopus | Boutcher C of E Primary School B
    22 Jan 2020

    I think that you should be 16 because even though I’m 9 I want to vote and I do want to vote and when your a child you have no choice and even if people disagree with me I’ve asked all my friends and they think children should be allowed to vote and were al 9 and 10 and we all think it’s fair

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  • Hammond School logo determined_shrimp | Hammond Junior School B
    22 Jan 2020

    I think that people over the age of 16 should vote because.

    Firstly, several people have political views under the age of 18 including me. This is why I feel passionate about this. Firstly, if the difference between what you want and not was by 1 vote, you would feel angry and no one wants the country to be an angry and a place where no one wants to be in. Everyone deserves to vote if they have a strong including Greta Thunberg who is at the age of 17.

    Secondly, children are affected by the adults vote so we should get a chance to vote. In a way, it affects children the most because we probably have a longer life than adults so the future affects us more. We should be allowed to vote for our country and future because if something we vote on now affects the next generation badly then we are to blame for them having a worse life than us.

    On the other hand, children might not be mature with the responsibility of voting over our future. Also, if a child doesn’t have a strong political view, then the parent will get 2 votes instead of 1 so it is unfair. We might have an added paper or make a mistake that may change the vote by scribbling on the ballot paper so the votes don’t count.

    In conclusion to this, there are several reasons for us to vote or not but I just want whatever is fairer and helps our country.

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      determined_shrimp's comment 22 Jan 2020

      A very reasoned argument, well done!

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  • Hammond School logo hilarious_fruit | Hammond Junior School A
    22 Jan 2020

    I believe that there should not be a voting age at all because it doesn't matter on your age, it matters on how mature you are. If a very mature child really wanted to take part in a vote that is important, they should be able too do as they wish. However, if there was a vey immature adult who didn't care about voting, they shouldnt be allowed to vote because it wouldn't be fair on the people who really did care about voting. E.g. If everybody was allowed to vote no matter what age or maturity, chances are that something will be voted that all the mature people disagree on and be unfair on on them.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School happy_fact | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    22 Jan 2020

    On the one hand, some believe that the age for voting in general elections should be high. This may be because they think that children will be irresponsible with their decisions. This may mean they might copy their parents or friends decisions. They might also think that children will not be aware of how important the elections are, and what they might mean for our country.

    However, on the other hand, other people think that to vote you can be of a young age. This will be because they believe that children should always have the right to do everything that grownups do, even participating in elections. This is because otherwise it is unfair on our youth.

    After approaching the information with open mindedness and scepticism I NOW strongly believe that children should be allowed to vote, because adults will not have to face the consequences that these decisions have made. WE WILL!!! So do the right thing and speak out to the world like me to share your opinion with everyone around you. Your decision might even get considered in the house of commons!!!! HOW EXCITING!! Thanks for reading my comment!!

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    1. Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ the BNC
      happy_fact's comment 23 Jan 2020

      Well done for being open-minded and for thinking of the consequences too. Can you give an example of something that will affect those who aren't allowed to vote now, in the future?

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  • Hammond School logo spirited_pear | Hammond Junior School A
    23 Jan 2020

    I think that children who are in school should be the ones to vote because it is our future not there's so it should be us making the decision. How will we know who is the best candidate? Well at school they could do a politics day and they teach us about all the candidates and what they want to do. This will mean we can all have a better understanding of the politics going on around us.So I think the age should be 5-18,but the teachers can not tell them who to vote for.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School thankful_bird | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    23 Jan 2020

    In my opinion I think that 18+ Is to high of a age because they could help our county and how we live and if they know what they are talking out then yeh listen to them don’t just ignore them so I think that the age limit should be 5+ . Everyone deserves a say in the elections we live in a democracy if a five year old has a decision that could change our country at least give them a chance

    Other people think that they should not change the age limit because they don’t know what there talking about and they would just vote for their favourite name or something like that or their parents would tell them to say what they think

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  • Halsnead logo coherent_tree | Halsnead Primary School
    23 Jan 2020

    I agree that it should be 18 16 or 17 to go to

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School humble_fly | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    23 Jan 2020

    In my opinion ,i think the age limit should be 18 and above .I thought of this because this is are too and people that aren’t 18 and above don’t know about politics and leaders of political parties .So I think that the age limit should be 18 or over.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School active_swan | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    23 Jan 2020

    Some people think that the age limit should be 18+,it is a good age and you are an adult so you are responsible for your self. So you should be smart enough to know you should not mess about it you vote and you are old enough to make your own decisions. Other think 15, 16 and 17 year olds have there opinions and they should be responsible enough to make a good decision and not be silly with your vote. I think the age limit should be 16+ because that is the age just before you can take your driving test and it is in between 16 and 18 so I think it is a good age. Plus I think 15 is too young and they are still in school so they might make a joke out of their vote.

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  • Hillyfield School logo splendid_thought | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    23 Jan 2020

    I believe the voting age should be lowered. As modest_donkey said, 16+ do deserve to have a say in the political positions and these are my reasons why;
    In secondary school, at the age of sixteen, you are permitted to take political classes so they are aware of the issues going on in the world. If they understand, why can they not vote? Adults are allowed to vote because they are thought of as understanding and political however, teenagers can understand just as well as adults and they are underestimated too much. Politicians should not be afraid to let another generation vote; are they fearful they may lose the vote to another generations thoughts and opinions?

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_significance | Streatham Wells Primary School
    23 Jan 2020

    I think your allowed to vote when you are VERY interested in politics...….. you have to be over 13+ because that's the time when you start to mature.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg serious_song | Streatham Wells Primary School
    23 Jan 2020

    I think the age limit should be over 18 because people(like their parents)might have a biased and tell them their opinion and the teen might follow their advice

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    1. Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_significance | Streatham Wells Primary School
      serious_song's comment 23 Jan 2020

      You could let 13+ vote because they would know their own opinion.

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  • Streatham-Wells-logo-250x250.jpg authentic_significance | Streatham Wells Primary School
    23 Jan 2020

    and they don't have to listen to your parents biased

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  • Tendring Primary School quiet_beetle | Tendring Primary School
    24 Jan 2020

    I think they should drop it down 1 to 17

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  • Tendring Primary School wise_attention | Tendring Primary School
    24 Jan 2020

    I think the legal voting age should be 15 because that is the age that I would consider responsible

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  • Tendring Primary School altruistic_nation | Tendring Primary School
    24 Jan 2020

    In my opinion I think that 16 year olds are still not responsible enough to vote. The reason for this is that teenagers can not be responsible to vote for their real opinion. Also, if their parents come with them they will vote the same as them!

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  • Tendring Primary School marvellous_wolverine | Tendring Primary School
    24 Jan 2020

    I think the age should be 17 because when you are 17,in the uk you are allowed to drive a car so surely if u can drive a car, you are responsible enough to vote!

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    1. Tendring Primary School resilient_elderberry | Tendring Primary School
      marvellous_wolverine's comment 27 Jan 2020

      I disagree because even though you can drive a car you still might not be responsible enough to vote.

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  • Preston Manor School willing_tornado | Preston Manor School
    24 Jan 2020

    In my opinion 16 year olds should be able to vote as they should have their say and the vote will not only affect older people but it will affect them too for example decisions about how much money is spent on schools will impact their education. Additionally they should also vote because of climate change as they care more about it then the older generation.

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  • The Sherwood School logical_drum | The Sherwood School
    24 Jan 2020

    in my option the age limit should be 16 because if it was any early like 12 you might not know about the real world like the real issue brexit at the moment who to vote for who would be the best for each job

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  • Tendring Primary School storytelling_frog | Tendring Primary School
    24 Jan 2020

    i think the age limit should be 17 because you understand the world and politics

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg inspirational_woodpecker | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    25 Jan 2020

    In my opinion I think the age limit to vote should be 12 because they are old enough to make their own decision.

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  • Weston-Favell-logo-250x250.jpg helpful_dog | Weston Favell Academy
    26 Jan 2020

    I feel that the age limit should be lowered to 12 . This is because there are many teens who would want a say about what is going on in parliament . Lots decisions that are made affect the future generations and they probably want a bit of control about what happens . Climate change is a great example of this as many children are following the example of Greta Thunberg and campaigning for people to be more friendlier to the environment. If it weren't for them , people would be less aware of the impact our actions have on the planet . The next generation will be affected the most by climate change so they should get a say on what things are put in place to try and help slow it down . But it isn't fair that it was up to us children to try and make a change , so I think that children would have a new approach to problems that society faces .
    On the other hand , children being allowed to vote might not be a good idea as some issues could be too confusing for them to understand. Some could also not take the responsibility seriously and do things as a joke , as well as only voting for someone because their friends are voting for them .

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    1. tom Tom @ the BNC
      helpful_dog's comment 27 Jan 2020

      Well done for speaking up for this side of the debate, helpful_dog. As you said, there are risks involved - is there a way these risks could be minimised?

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  • Phoenix-logo-250x250.jpg willing_saxophone | Phoenix Primary School
    26 Jan 2020

    about any age since the kids need experience to feel like votingso whe they are adults hey get more used

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  • Hammond School logo joyful_seagull | Hammond Junior School A
    26 Jan 2020

    I think that there should be an age limit due to children not being fully educated and focused on there future as well as what is best for them.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School thoughtful_badger | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    28 Jan 2020

    In my honest opinion I think that the age limit should be:
    .14
    .13 and an half
    .13 and a half up to 45-46

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School invigorated_potato | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    28 Jan 2020

    Some people believe that children are not informed of enough knowledge to vote under the age of 18 which is vey true if you don’t live in a democracy this country does so I feel like it is fair that people under the age of 18 vote because that is the only fair way. Other people think that under age students should be able to vote because that is the lifestyle that we have chosen to live in (a democracy). Nobody can take that away from our country because that is how we live and we will always and forever.

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School skillful_duck | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    28 Jan 2020

    This is the argument between, should children vote or should children not be allowed to vote?


    Some people don’t think children should vote because people think children are not smart enough and they might make wrong decisions that might effect our lives in the future. However, citizens that don’t want children to vote, would still recommend age limits of 16 and over.


    On the other hand, people think there should still be an age limit but the age of 12 and over. Like now Greta Thumberg is making world wide decisions that effects our lives in the greatest way possible! And she is famous! Also people think that there are other people in the world that could be like Greta Thumberg.


    After gathering loads of information I STRONGLY agree that children should be able to vote.I mean I could be like Greta Thumberg, SO can YOU!! Thank you very much for reading my comment!

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  • Hammond School logo friendly_twilight | Hammond Junior School A
    28 Jan 2020

    I think the limit should be over 20 because if children vote they might be silly and but something dumb or rude so the limit should stay 20 or 18

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School productive_hen | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    29 Jan 2020

    I think just above 15 should be the age limit because children aren’t educated and probably won’t know what they are talking about nd they will know what is happening and know about politics
    Below 15: I think up to 10 and above just because children have to speak up for them self, they can’t just wait for someone to say it they need to use there open mind and speak up like adults they have to use what they know and vote for what they know about it. :)

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School clever_coconut | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    29 Jan 2020

    Over 18: I think over eighteen because say it is a 5 year old they probably won’t know what to do, where as adults know what they are doing. They know who is a better example.
    Under 18: I think below 18 but just up to 13 should be aloud to vote because they will probably know what they are doing and who has set a good example to them. Also they don’t vote for more than one person where as kids might so that’s why I choose 13 year olds. In conclusion I think up to 13 year olds should be aloud to vote because they will be more educated and they will have to be open minded and be able to speak out.

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  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg methodical_ocean | Upton Cross Primary School
    30 Jan 2020

    I think 13+ would be very appropriate age to vote because children are known to be very honest and wont get to persuaded by the people and it will make politicians think more about children.Lately,children havent had a chance to speak up which is a part of our BNC skills and mabye aspire children at a very young age to:become a politician or etc.Also,at this age they learn about things that are more grown up.Also children start things very young why not this.Plus they can understand things about there question and really think about things that are happening in this country
    Thanks for reading methodical_ocean

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  • Lyons Hall Primary School kind_dinosaur | Lyons Hall Primary School B
    31 Jan 2020

    If we had it over 18 then the older people have seen the past pm’s and there mistakes. However if the age limit was 28 and over then less people could vote.

    On the other hand if it was 15 plus more people could vote but they would have less experience.

    In my opinion I think the age limit should be 13 plus because they will have seen 1 or 2 pm’s so they might of seen a few things

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  • CuddingtonCroft-logo-250x250.jpg generous_queen | Cuddington Croft Primary School
    19 Feb 2020

    I think it should be 13, but to be allowed to be elected at 16. 13 as that is when you get social media so you should vote. You should be to old for Youth Parliament at 15 and then be allowed to become an MP. To be a PM you should be 18 as you have your own choices.

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  • Hammond School logo decisive_spring | Hammond Junior School C
    25 Feb 2020

    The age limit should be 16 so that younger citizens wil get their say in the changing world around them

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