posted by iclfan2
That’s a good argument to raise the age, not lower it.
The problem is that it's subjective. How dumb/ignorant/naive/undeveloped do you have to be?
posted by jmog
This is more of an argument for raising the voting age to 21, not lowing it to 16.
I wasn't actually suggesting that. I knew plenty who were dumb at 21, too. It's subjective.
My only point is that since we allow 18-year-olds to vote, 16-year-olds aren't THAT much of a stretch. We do let them drive, after all, and even get married with provisions in some states (including Ohio).
One might claim that, to an even greater degree, it's a blemish on democracy: that idiots in large numbers have the ability to make, determine, or influence decisions that involve everyone.