Large majority of Mail readers against lowering voting age to 16
Hartlepool Mail readers say the minimum voting age should NOT be reduced to 16.
As Prime Minister Boris Johnson prepares to push Parliament for a General Election in December, we asked you: “Should the voting age for a general election or second referendum be lowered to 16?”
At the time of writing, around 1,300 people had voted in our Facebook poll: 26% said yes, 74% said no.
Ian Griffiths was in the majority. He said: “Most 16 year-olds can't make their mind up over a Big Mac or a Quarterpounder. If anything, voting should be changed to 25 and over!”
Geoff Hare was in complete agreement. He said: “Absolutely NOT. They are teenagers not adults. Have no experience of life let alone governments.”
Gemma Wilson Mckie said simply: “Nope. They not sensible enough at that age! Maybe 18 or 21.”
Dave Ryan was in the minority. He said: “I believe anyone and everyone is entitled no matter how old. At the end of the day, we all have to live with the government's decision so we should all have a right no matter the age.
“We'll die sooner than the generation that it will truly impact.”
Stuart Hannon was less certain, saying: “I wouldn't say at 16 I knew what I wanted. At nearly 30 I guess I still don't. But 16 year-olds probably deserve as much of a say as we do, it's their future. It's a hard one.”
Graham Fraser said: “So we are thinking of letting a 16 year-old decide on the future of the country, but cannot buy alcohol or cigarettes or drive a car as they are not deemed responsible enough!”
Chris Wright said: “All children should vote! It'll affect them as well, not just 16-17 year old! Why stop there though? What about pets? They'll be affected by policies. Dave's pet Rabbit wants to know why there's a shortage of workers picking his favourite carrots!!”
Sarah Maher wants the voting age to be lowered.
She said: “Actually most 16 year-olds know what's happening in the world, you have to these days, it's getting very real and scary very fast. It should be lowered, it's their future too.”