Delegates attending the Newfoundland and Labrador Liberal convention last weekend voted in favour of a motion to reduce the voting age to 16.
The motion was moved by Ryan Steeves, president of the MUN Liberals, a campus club at Memorial University. Steeves expressed the opinion that reducing the voting age “…allows people to start voting at a stable point in their life” as by the age of 18 they have mostly left home for college or work.
This, he tells us, is because students in high school “…are more likely to know local candidates and local issues because they are familiar with the community they grew up in.”
Presumably, their abilities are then significantly decreased for some period of time afterwards, until they settle down and stay in one place for a while, but nonetheless, they still get to vote…
In my humble opinion, from the vantage point of age 68, anyone who thinks that teenagers are in any respect “stable” is several bricks short of a full load.
And in broad and general terms, they are far too emotional and idealistic to be capable of casting a reasoned and rational vote. Nor have they yet had the life experiences necessary to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to evaluating the candidates.
They are far more easily influenced than adults when it comes to “feel good” issues, and the majority of them can be expected to reliably vote Liberal or NDP on command, thus further weakening the economic conservatives trying to hold the Western economies together.
Indeed, at the moment, people under the age of 18 are considered to be “children” who magically achieve adulthood a split second after midnight on the day their birthday arrives.
Although people are generally considered mature at age 21, the age of maturity has slowly been increasing, as television and political correctness continuously and effectively remove young minds from common sense and reality.
It is probably more like 25 now, but we have already reduced the voting age to 18, and now they want to reduce it even more?
To his credit, Liberal Leader Dwight Ball refused to say if he would implement the motion, but it is surprising how many jurisdictions have already reduced their voting age to 16, or are considering doing so.
See “Newfoundland and Labrador Liberals want to lower voting age to 16“ (June 16th) here.
See Wikipedia’s excellent entry “Voting age” which provides information on voting ages for just about every country in the world here.