As someone who has watched my kids survive the teenager years, I believe I speak for most parents of teenagers when I respond to your proposal for lowering the voting age to 16 by saying, “Are you crazy?” . As kids grow up, we give them more responsibility and more independence. They gain more experience and learn from it and develop better judgement. One of the last things they should get is the right to vote.

Most 16 year olds live with a parent and are not on their own. They are not in charge of a household. They have never bought a house or rented an apartment. They have never signed a lease or tried to get back their rental deposit. They have never filed their own income taxes and have no idea what social security is. They don’t own cars and have never bought a car or had their car repaired. They don’t know what homeowners insurance or car insurance is. Most couldn’t tell you who won WWII, what the Soviet Union was, or what NATO stands for. Before they get the opportunity to vote they need to have some minimal set of life experiences and responsibilities. I think the age should be raised to 22. They should be out of college or almost out. The electorate is already too ignorant. Don’t make it worse.

Mathematician, Statistician, Businessman, and Academic. Student of history, poli sci , and the Bible.

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