Written by Andrew Sealey 12:24, Mar 21 2018
To me, there seems to be an obvious answer. Yes, 16-year-olds should have the right to vote and determine their future as well as the nation’s.
At age of 16, you are allowed to get a drivers licence, leave school, get married (with consent), consent to sex, obtain a gun license and give medical consent. Depending on the offence, legal responsibility can be dealt with through the Youth Court until the age of 17, however serious offences can be transferred to the District Court from the age of 14.
At 16, New Zealanders are allowed all these rights and responsibilities, but do not allow them the right to vote. This seems to be a huge discrepancy.
I know many will tout the view that a 16-year-old is not mature enough to make a decision as to who to vote for. But I for one believe that they are more likely to make an informed decision on their vision for the future of New Zealand.
Many older voters seem to vote on party lines rather than the policies on offer. Just reading the comments in political articles seems to confirm this.
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