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Calls for #Votesat16 in all UK elections are widely seen as trendy and progressive. But their arguments are seriously flawed. Extending the franchise without proper debate and preparation would actually be deeply undemocratic... (1/11)
Most 16-year olds are still children living at home and going to school. There is enough pressure on them already. Just imagine the online barrage of political advertising they would face. Their votes are also more likely to be susceptible to influence by their parents. (2/11)
Advocates of lowering the voting age often say that 16 is the age at which you can marry or join the army. But at this age you would still require the consent of your parents or guardians (at least in England), and would not be eligible to serve in combat roles. (3/11)
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Tory MP recently said we can't have #VotesAt16 in the next referendum as it'd be unfair and would skew the result towards Remain.
You **** Joking?

1⃣ It can't be undemocratic to give more people a say
2⃣ Denying people a vote because of HOW they'll vote is INSANELY UNDEMOCRATIC!
The worst thing... He said this in front of a class of 16-18 year olds!
I was stood behind him when he said "because they'll all vote Remain", and the pupils all saw my reaction and laughed.
I basically threw my hands up in a shrug 🤷🏿‍♂️ as if to say:
Just try and tell me this girl who was 16 at the time shouldn't have had a right to vote. I've met hundreds of adults in their 50s who are less politically aware than @GottgensJess was back then.

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1/ OK, this is off piste for a Brussels hack but I see #VotesAt16 has come up again. As ever, nobody has really thought this through.
2/ Our society is designed so you become an adult at 18. This isn’t just a symbolic moment - adulthood comes with tangible rights and responsibilities.
3/ The most precious in both those categories is voting. And voting must only be open to those who have assumed their full responsibilities to society.
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