If teens are smart enough to drive a car, are they smart enough to vote? Or, perhaps, might they hold enough political clout to tip the balance in a close election? Some observers seem to say yes on both counts, and lowering the voting age to permit adolescents to cast their own ballots has again become a hot-button issue in a presidential-election year. California lawmakers are debating whether to allow, in state elections, a one-quarter vote for fourteen- and fifteen-year-olds and a one-half vote for sixteen- and seventeen-year-olds.
You live in a democracy and that means that you get a say in who runs your country, and because of this privilege you also get a say about how your country is run. Sure registering can be a bit of a chore, and yes, you have to head down to a polling station on voting day to pull your lever which takes some time out of your day and may cost you a few bucks in gas, but whether you know it or not these are very small prices to pay for the right to vote. When you live in a democracy you are born with the right to have a voice in government. In some countries people are literally dying to be able to cast a ballot and make a difference. As if dying to vote doesn't say it all here are five more reasons that every eligible young person should get out and vote.
Those members of Generation Y who did vote largely voted to remain — in the case of to year-olds, overwhelmingly so — and so the result, determined as it had been by mainly older voters who would not have to live so long with the consequences, enraged and saddened much of that cohort. We do not vote. We are lazy, and selfish, too busy Snapchatting pictures of our genitals to strangers.
Women, Asians and aboriginal people were among those who fought for the right to vote in Canadian elections for decades. Some have only had the right to vote for less than 50 years ago. Minorities who are excluded from voting in provincial elections, such as immigrants from Japan, China and India, are therefore automatically excluded from voting in federal elections.