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Should 16-year-olds be allowed to vote?

January 8, 2014

By Jeremy Quattlebaum, Student Voices staff writer

Turning 16 is big. In most states, being 16 means the freedom of driving and getting a job without parental approval. But in Takoma Park, Md., it comes with another responsibility – voting.

About 350 16- and 17-year-olds were granted the right to vote in local elections, making them the only enfranchised Americans under the age of 18.

Ben Miller, a Montgomery Blair High School junior and part-time gelato artisan, voted on Nov. 5. He told the Washington Post: “It’s a valuable privilege.”

While the Takoma Park students cannot vote in state and national elections, they can affect elections on the local level. Miller, for example, voted not only in the mayoral election but also for his local council member. The under-18 voters can also vote on local issues like bonds and changes to the town charter.

Why would a town want to lower the voting age? Simply put, engagement and enfranchisement.

“The question was, ‘How do we get more people to vote?’¬ ” said Councilman Tim Male, who introduced the proposal. It was one of several changes to city election rules this year that were designed to boost turnout. Faced with a dismal 19 percent voter turnout in local elections, council members began to discuss ways to get more people to the polls.

After considering proposals for same-day registration and allowing felons to vote in local elections, the council heard from Rob Richie, director of the national reform organization FairVote and a Takoma Park resident, who had read reports about how 16-year-olds would be more receptive to voting than their counterparts two years older.

Eighteen-year-olds, it turns out, “are not a very good first voting age group,” Richie said, because many of them are in the midst of leaving their childhood homes. “As you get more disrupted in your life, the less likely you are to vote,” he said. “Voting is this communitarian act; it is about a connection to a broader community.”

Residents against lowering the voting age said young people don’t have enough perspective to vote. One person said that teens should not be allowed to “dilute” the value of the ballots cast by “older, more experienced voters.”

Most of the 350 newly enfranchised did not vote even though they had the right, something that the council members expected. The Takoma Park city clerk said about 90 16- and 17-year-olds registered to vote.

Miller is aware that he is part of a tiny vanguard. “I understand the apathy. How much of a difference will it really make?” he said. “I’m still excited about the opportunity. The turnout is so low, even a small amount could make a difference.”

What do you think?

Would expanding voting rights to 16-year-olds increase voter turnout? If you were given the chance, would you vote? Does the fact they are limited to voting in only elections minimize their responsibility? Do 16-year-olds have enough perspective on life to vote? Join the discussion and let us know what you think!
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11/24/2014
Murrieta, CA
Kailee
Jabro/Creekside
I do not think expanding rights to 16 year olds would increase voter turn out that much because I'm not sure if many teenagers that young will know what they are voting about. If I had the chance to vote on something, I would only if I was properly informed of it. I think 16-year-olds can have enough perspective to vote if they learn about the subject.

11/21/2014
hamton iowa
peter archer
elders/hampton dumont high
i thin that 16 year old should be able to vote because they are considered adult to a degree they are given all of these privileges so they should have that right i think it should not go lower then that because people are more immature under the age of 16

11/21/2014
Murrieta / CA
Ziona M
Jabro / Creekside High School
I believe if the 16 year old is on a certain level of intelligence of politics, they should be able to vote. I think if a 16 year old wants to vote they should be required to take a test before voting, to be sure the 16 year old has the political knowledge.

11/17/2014
Stroudsburg pennsylvannia
Parker
Mr. Hanna STJH
No I do not think 16 year olds should be able to vote. They are still young kids who could no absolutely notbing about polotics and who they're even voting for. They could just be voting for someone because there friends are. They are to young and should not be able to vote for anything outside of school things like class president.

11/17/2014
Murrieta CA
Adam
Mr. Jabro Creekside High School
I believe 16-year-olds should be aloud to vote, but i believe they should be required to take a little test beforehand to be eligible to vote, just so we don't have a ton of immature 16-year-olds taking it as a joke messing around. But for the ones who are actually serious and are into politics, i believe they should be aloud to, i mean they would probably vote more than most people over 18 do anyways.

11/14/2014
Sroudsburg/pa
Kristin
Hana/sjhs
Although having more voters would benefit elections, some16 year olds would lack the intellectual capacity to vote for themselves and only vote to match friends and parents. If given the chance I would only vote, but would have to listen to the elections, and find the time for it. Most teenagers in general don't have enough perspective let alone 16 year olds, they haven't even lived by themselves to understand taxes and utility raises, most don't even have a full time job. This is why I think that 16 year olds shouldn't vote.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, Pa
Madison
Mr.Hanna/SJHS
I feel that 16 year olds should not be able to vote. Chances are that none of them are going to know what each candidate represents and vote for the same person as their friends causing the results to be "voting" to be not accurate. Besides, yes, 16 year olds can drive, but they aren't allowed to drink... And they can't drink for a reason which is because their minds are not fully developed and matured, which is most likely a good reason why they should not be able to vote. I feel that if I was given the opportunity to vote, I, myself would not only because I feel I am not mature enough to vote on important decisions like that. As well as I feel that I do not know enough about the political topics I would be voting on.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Max Serrano
SJHS
I DO NOT THINK THAT 16 YEAR OLDS SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO VOTE. I think that would be a horrible idea because most teenagers do not now a lot if any about politics. Also because I don't think they are mature enough to make the decision

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg/pa
Emily
Hanna/stroudsburg junior high
It may increase votes but they would be inexperienced votes and the teenagers would not take it seriously. I would vote because I would be able to but I probably wouldn't make the right choice. Yes, it minimizes the responsibilities but it is better for the people. No, 16 year olds do not have enough perspective on life because they are still kids and don't know how much voting really matters.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Jeremy
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think 16 years olds should be allowed to vote because this could help the economy because no vote would be so close anymore. This could help 16 year olds to be responsible and do a good thing in this country, it could give 16 year olds a good experience on doing something.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Katie
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Expanding the voting age down to 16 is not a good idea. It does nothing but have teens who are uneducated about politics put in votes. Not that many votes will be added anyway, seeing how 16 year olds are more interested in learning how to drive and being a teen than doing more mature things such as voting. Personally, I would not vote at 16 if I had the opportunity. This is because I feel as if I'm not educated enough in the world of politics and government to make a good choice.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Amy
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I do not think that 16 year olds should be able to vote. I think this because a lot of 16 year olds are still very immature, and when you are voting you have to take a lot of things into consideration, as to what kind of person you want to run your country. Some 16 year olds would take it as a joke but others would take it very seriously. Unfortunately those few who would take it as a joke would ruin it for everyone. Therefore 16 year olds should not be able to vote.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Ben
Mr.Hanna/SJHS
I believe that 16 year olds should not be allowed to vote because they don't have enough experience yet. They don't have there own house yet or pay taxes so at 16, they wouldn't know how the government would affect them.

11/14/2014
Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Jayden
Mr. Hanna/stroudsburg junior high school
Expanding the voting limit to sixteen will increase the voter turnout because some sixteen year olds are responsible enough. I would not vote because I don't really care about politics.no because it's still voting for something that is important. Some of the sixteen year olds do and some don't , but those who don't know enough probably won't vote.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Khaled
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that 16-year-old people should have the right to vote because some of them may really like talking about government or they might understand government. Also, I think it it’s smart to give them the right to vote because you don’t want them to go out in the streets and protest and fights start to happen, why all of this? It’s an easy thing just to let them vote. Also, if they fight someone might die and maybe whoever dies is not from America maybe he person is from Russia and that might bring problems to America. I think they should vote because this is a good thing to the country in some way. They should vote!!!

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Brianne
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that expanding voting rights to 16-year-olds would not increase voter turnout. Sixteen year olds are more focused on getting their licensed and a job. I do not think that the majority of them would be interested in voting, and they wouldn't be serious about it either. Even some adults do not take voting seriously. I would not vote at the age of sixteen if I had the chance. Personally, I would need to be older and more mature in order to make a more informed decision. The fact that 16-year-olds are limited to voting in only elections does not minimize their responsibility. A local election is just as important as a federal or state election. I believe that 16-year-olds do not have enough perspective on life to vote because they have limited experiences since they are only a teenager.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Danya
Mr. Hanna
I think that 16 year-olds should not be able to vote because they are still underage. Just because they are getting older and having more responsibles doesn't mean they understand the rules to voting and other things that relate to this topic.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/ PA
Kelsee
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think expanding voting rights to a 16-year-old will increase voter turnout. You are not as responsible when you are 16 as if you were 18. I would vote if I were 18. You are not ready to vote when you are 16. You still have a lot to learn about government and stuff like that. NO, they should still have to have responsible. They still have a lot to do besides vote. No, I think they do have some of perspective for life to vote, but they need some more.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Nigel
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
16 year old should be given the chance to vote. Expanding the voting rights to them would increase the voting turnout. The young men and women would be interested in taking part in something as important as voting. If I had the chance to vote I would take it, it would be a privilege I would love to take advantage of. I do not think that the size of the election matters teens would still have a big responsibility in voting by its self. I think 16-year-olds have a different perspective on life and that is good for the elections.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Maddy
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that 16 year olds should not be able to vote. I feel that they are too young and not mature enough. Most 16 year olds today are just getting a job, just learning how to drive, and looking at their futures. I think 18 is a better age to vote because you are legally an adult and have many more responsiblities. Most 16 year olds aren't even aware of what's going on around them. All they care about is what celebrity is the hottest, or what their best friend is doing, or how much a pair of shoes are. Therefore, I do not think that 16 year olds should have the right to vote. They can stick to voting for prom king and queen

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Amyah
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think 16 year olds shouldn't vote because they're not mature enough yet. I think they still need to learn more about what there voting for and why they should vote. 16 year olds are still kids and I think they shouldn't be able to vote. I think 16 year olds should wait until they're older and learn more about what they're doing.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Nigel
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
16 year old should be given the chance to vote. Expanding the voting rights to them would increase the voting turnout. The young men and women would be interested in taking part in something as important as voting. If I had the chance to vote I would take it, it would be a privilege I would love to take advantage of. I do not think that the size of the election matters teens would still have a big responsibility in voting by its self. I think 16-year-olds have a different perspective on life and that is good for the elections.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Karen
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think 16 year olds should not be able to vote because most of them will just vote to be proud they did when really they didn't know anything about who was running. If I had the chance to vote at that age I wouldn't. I believe that 18 year olds are much more ready to vote because even though there's only 2 year difference they have had a job and have build up responsibility so therefore I feel a right that 16 year olds do not have a right to vote.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Dillon
Mr. Hanna SJHS
I don't think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote because a sixteen-year-old is still a kid. Just because you are learning to take on more responsibilities and you are more mature does not mean you have the real life experience to make a truly educated vote on who you think should be in control. I think it would increase voter turnout but in a negative way because a large part of teens who would vote may skew the election results. Most sixteen-year-old kids have worked maybe one part-time job and have little to no experience understanding which candidate would best help our country or themselves. I would most likely not vote at 16 because I wouldn't think that my vote would be valid. I would want to have a better perspective of what and who I was voting for.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Sherwin
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that 16-year-olds should be able to vote only under some circumstances. I say this because some 16-year-olds are mature enough to make decisions like that and others are not as mature as the rest. Also because it gives you a view on what the youth in the country think about the world's politics. Some youths are able to make their own decisions. Also it could help them get ready for when they get older so that they already know the procedures of voting and what they should and should not do.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, Pa
Sarah
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I do not think 16 year-olds should be able to vote. They don't know anything about who is better. They just pick a random person just to say they voted. If I had a chance to vote, I would probably say no to it. I probably wouldn't know anything about who is running. Also, some 16 year-olds probably don't know anything about the government or politics. Their perseptive is most likely different from older voters who has had more life experience.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Jill
Mr. Hana sjhs
No, 16 year olds should not be allowed to vote because they are not adults yet so they wouldn't know what's good or bad for their country. 18 year olds are exposed to more political work.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg Pennsylvania
Zoey
Hana junior high school
I do not think that 16 years old should be able to vote because there aren't even an adult yet.. when they turn 18 they can vote because they are more welcomed to the world and more responsible then when they were when they were 16. 16 year olds probably won't know or understand all of the rules to the voting and stuff..

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Jonathan
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg Junior High School
I think that it would expand our turn out of who won and who didn't win because more people would be voting. If I was giving a chance to vote right now I would vote because I would like to see what it would be like because it will prepare you for the future and I think it would be fun to vote. No I don't think that it would be responsibillity because it just gives them a right to vote and it shows that they are getting older and more responsible. I think that some 16 teen year olds have the perspective to vote because some 16 teen year olds aren't the brightest and some are very smart

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Juliet
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes, I think that 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. The more people that vote, the more accurate and fair the voting is. If 16 year olds are allowed to drive, then they should be able to vote also. 16 and 18 year olds don't have very much difference in maturity or knowledge. So, even though 16 year olds are technically not adults yet, I think they are mature and responsible enough and should be able to vote.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Kalin
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not think that 26 year olds should be allowed to vote. Most of them are still growing up, and by having them vote would be very bad. They might just pick someone because they want to, how are they supposed to understand the government at that age? I think that they should only be allowed to vote on small things like local issues and changes to the town character. Young people don't have enough perspective to vote they should leave the voting to older hd more experienced voters.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Kinley
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that 16 year olds should have the right to vote because every vote counts. By then you are a teenager and you can drive and have a job. You should be responsible enough and have a good idea about what you want to do with your life. It definitely would increase voter turnout because a lot more people would want to vote for who they think should be elected. I would vote if I was given the chance.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg/Pennsylvania
Derek
Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I DO believe that expanding voting rights to 16 year olds would dramatically change the voter turnouts but in a bad way. I say this because 16 years olds are not yet fully educated and have many years of school and college left before they are. Some might not even know what they want to do with their lives yet! Also, in this generation, 16 year olds are more likely to give into peer pressure that they were 20 years ago. For example, if his/her friends are all voting for one person, he/she might vote for that person too for the sole purpose of not wanting to be left out. I don't think 16 year olds have enough perspective on life to vote for all the reasons I've already stated. And finally, I do not think that being able to vote in only elections does not minimize their responsibility.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Andrew
Hanna/SJHS
I think the voting law age should be decreased to 16 because a lot of 16 year olds are responsible voting run outs would defiantly increase.of I was given the chance to vote at 16i would totally do it.by doing this it doesn't minimize the teens responsibility it only increases it. Think 16 year olds have enough perspective in life to do some thing as this and that's why some teens join clubs like model congress and other clubs.

11/13/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Benny
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg jhs
I don't think 16 year olds should be aloud to vote because I'm not going to lie most 16 year olds aren't mature enough to vote. I'm pretty close to 16 and I don't think I could vote yet. The age 18 is fine. That's the age where you start to get a lot of responsibility. Most 16 year old like my brother don't really care about elections and if they voted they would fool around with it. I probably would too, but still I don't think 16 year olds should be aloud to vote

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Mackenzie
Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe sixteen year olds should be allowed to vote. I feel sixteen year olds should be treated the same as an eighteen year old. Being sixteen, you have the freedom to drive and getting a job. Also, this could be a pro to the candidate who is running. Every vote counts no matter what. One single vote could make or break someone else.Therefore, I believe sixteen year olds should be allowed to vote.

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Kiara
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think that 16 year olds should have the right to vote. They aren't mature enough to make that decision. Most 16 year olds don't know what the candidate represent. Also they might be influenced by what their friends think. If a lot of kids pick who their friends want it might influence who gets in office. I think they should wait until they get older to make that decision.

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Amber
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. Most of them aren't educated enough about the government. They are also still at a stage where they give in to peer pressure. If someone had a group of friends voting for one person, they might be influence to do the same so that they fit in. 16 year olds are not developed enough mentally to vote for who governs our country.

11/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
McKenna
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg
I do not think it is a good idea for 16-year-olds to vote. The reason i dont think it is right for people to vote because tey do not know all there is to know about voting. You may learn more about voting when you turn 18. 16-year-olds may want to vote but it is a good idea to make the voting age 18 years of age and older.

11/12/2014
Rochester
Hannah
Rochester High School
I want to vote please.

11/6/2014
Murrieta / CA
Raquell
Mr.Jabro / Creekside
I believe expanding the voting rights to 16 year olds would increase the voter turn out but not much but it will still help. If I was given the right to vote at the election we just had as of November 4th 2014 I would have voted. I believe some 16 year olds have enough perspective on life in order to vote. Now a lot of teachers like to bring up the election and also the news helps a lot with understanding what is going on with the world and the people running to become the president or to even be in office. I believe a lot of 16 year olds would love to actually express their voice and who they believe should be in office to better their future.

10/30/2014
Sidney Montana
Makall
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that 16 year olds should not have the right to vote. Most 16 year olds do not have enough information to vote and most of them don't really care to gain the information to vote. If we have people voting that don't know very much information and they just vote on whoever, then we end up with leaders that are not very good.

10/30/2014
Murrieta California
Ali
Mr. Jabro Creekside High School
I believe that 16 year olds should be allowed to vote if they are mature enough and have a well enough mind set to do so. Some 16 year olds are mature for their age and would love to have the opportunity to have a say in whats best for our country. Letting 16 year olds vote might not be a bad thing, it could turn into a great thing if they don't take advantage of the responsibilities and privileges of voting.

10/29/2014
El Paso,TX
Stacy
mr.Tabutt /Ysleta High School
I think the age of 16 is bad to vote because they are too young to vote at an early age. I think people should vote at the age of 30or40 . Voters should notbe allowed to vote. It also says it on the 26 amendment that only 18 year olds are allowed to vote. I feel that they should not change the law.

10/28/2014
Sidney/Montana
Cody
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Lowering the voter age to 16 would most definitely increase voter turnout, even if it is just a little bit. As Holly said earlier, the 26th Amendment didn't have a large voter turnout either but they still had a say in how their country was ran. The voting population would be able to represent a larger demographic and make us more like the representative democracy we should be. If I was given the chance, I would most definitely vote. Getting to learn about candidates and how they plan to change America is interesting, and getting to be apart of voting for those people would be a great honor. Giving these 16 year olds the chance to vote gives them a greater sense of responsibility that they need to obtain before they turn 18 and sent out into the world on their own. The 16 year olds that do vote are going to be the ones who are interested in political activities and who want to have a say in government.

10/27/2014
Sidney/MT
Hailey
Mr. Faulhaber
I do not think that expanding voting rights to 16-year-olds would increase voter turnout. As it says in the article only 90 out of 350 sixteen and seventeen year old voters registered to vote. That is a very low amount and therefore would not increase the turnout by a very large amount. When I was sixteen years old I did not have a care in the world about voting. I always knew that was the privilege you got when you reached 18 years old and I knew that when I was 18 I would have been taking government to become more educated about voting, and the government in general. The fact that they can only participate in the local elections does minimize their responsibilities but it also is a big decision to even vote about local campaigns. I don't know if they are truly educated enough to vote on certain things. I agree with Mark when he says 16-year-olds don't have enough perspective on life to vote. They have not experienced things enough to be educated enough to vote. I do understand that some 18-year-olds do not either but that is the age you become an adult and so you are given the right for becoming an adult. The twenty-sixth Amendment gives 18-year-olds and higher the right to vote, so we should abide by this and keep the voting age 18 years old no matter what the election.

10/27/2014
Murrieta California
Stephanie Folston
Mr. Jabro Creekside High School
Expanding voting rights to 16-year-olds wouldn't increase voter turnout by very much. If I were given the chance, I wouldn't vote. The fact that they are limited to voting in only elections doesn't minimize their responsibility. Most 16-year-olds do not have enough perspective on life to vote. Some are more mature than others but it is better safe than sorry.

10/26/2014
Sidney
Kortney
Mr. Faulhaber/SHS
I don't think that anyone should lower the voting age to 16. If we lower the voting age, we might as well lower the drinking age too. I don't think that it would increase voter turnout, and if it did it wouldn't be by much. The article said only 90 out of 350 voted which is only about 26 percent of the sixteen year olds. I wouldn't vote if I had the chance because I don't even pay attention to politics now, so I don't think that sixteen year olds would even have a clue who to vote for. I think that they wouldn't be independent voters and they would just follow what everyone else did. This is where I would agree with Christian P because they wouldn't go with who they know would be the better candidate. There is a slipperly slope with what age people should be to be lefal for many different things, and if the voting age was lowered then the drinking age would probably be lowered. I think 16 is just too young for anything. The twenty-sixth amendment also says you need to be 18 to vote, and I think it would just be a hassle to change it. The voting age should stay at 18.

10/26/2014
Sidney/Montana
Tucker
Mr Faulhaber
16 year olds should not be allowed to vote. The age is set because by that time young men and women have enough education and have matured enough by then to vote. The arargument against may be, "18 year olds in fact, aren't educated enough to vote". Then again there are very politicaly involved 18 year old men and women, and then again there are adults that too have no idea what's going on in our government and they get to vote. As the article stated, most of the newly registered voters didn't even vote, just as we're the statistics when the voting age was lowered to 18, there was less of a surge of voters than expected, and it didn't really make too much of a difference.

10/26/2014
Sidney, Montana
Mark
Mr.Faulhaber/Sidney High School
Expanding voting rights to 16-year-olds would not increase voter turnout. This is fact based on the passage of the twenty-sixth amendment. This amendment gave 18-year-olds the right to vote, which they had fought so hard to get. However, when Election Day came under half of the 18-year-old population. In the comment made by Mike, he said, “As it turned out, allowing 16 year Old’s to vote did relatively nothing because a large percentage did not vote." As an 18-year-old, I hope to vote in the upcoming elections. However, I will only vote if I know what and whom I am voting for in elections. I also do not believe that limiting the 16-year-olds voting capabilities to elections will minimize their responsibility. If the 16-year-olds are less informed than I am, they will not be voting. I mean that they do not have enough perspective on life to vote. Many 16-year-olds do not have jobs. Because of not having a job, they will not understand the importance of tax issues. 16-year-olds should not be able to vote.

10/25/2014
Sidney/MT
Holly
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I do think expanding voting rights to 16 year olds would increase voter turnout. It would not be a huge substantial increase but every little bit would count. Just like how the 26th amendment allowed 18-21 year olds vote but they did not have a huge voter turnout either. They still got the right to have a say in their government which they contribute to. If I had the chance i would definitely vote. As it says in the passage 18 year olds are a lot of times to busy to vote but, if they started at 16, they would get experience to vote and may take it more seriously once they get older. It says in the passage they should not vote because they need to be "older, more experienced voters." Everyone has to start somewhere so might as well start sooner to become a more experienced voter. 16 year olds do have enough perspective on life to vote because most of them have tax paying jobs so they are contributing to the government so they should have a say in who get elected. I agree with Timera form Pennsylvania because she says by 16 you should be mature enough to have some type of view on life.

10/1/2014
murrieta, CA
mickey
mr.jabro /creekside high school
i don't agree with the fact that 16 year olds vote ,because they have no politcal knowldege and , if they were to vote ,just for the fun of it ,it could be a very drastic effect to the country , because most of them don't even under how to do fraction problems in algebra ,then what makes them think they could vote for a new leader of the country . I think the should change the voting age to 21 ,because if 18 is old enough to buy cigrettes but 18 is too young to buy alcohol then the reall age to buy anything harmful to your bodu should 21 too? but no the voting age in 18 and its just a two year difference but most people don't mature within 2 years so i don't really agree with anyone in their teens to vote ,they probably don't even care about who runs the country, and they could just be voting because they can and they could just vote for the wrong person for all the wrong reasons , like with obama , i heard a lot of people just voted for him because of the color of his skin and the country decided it was time for a "change" ,but he's just as worse as George W. Bush and i would rather not have a bunch of little kids having part of the future leaders of this country , but that's just my opinion and perspective of the idea of 16 year olds voting .

10/1/2014
murrieta, CA
mickey
mr.jabro /creekside high school
i don't agree with the fact that 16 year olds vote ,because they have no politcal knowldege and , if they were to vote ,just for the fun of it ,it could be a very drastic effect to the country , because most of them don't even under how to do fraction problems in algebra ,then what makes them think they could vote for a new leader of the country . I think the should change the voting age to 21 ,because if 18 is old enough to buy cigrettes but 18 is too young to buy alcohol then the reall age to buy anything harmful to your bodu should 21 too? but no the voting age in 18 and its just a two year difference but most people don't mature within 2 years so i don't really agree with anyone in their teens to vote ,they probably don't even care about who runs the country, and they could just be voting because they can and they could just vote for the wrong person for all the wrong reasons , like with obama , i heard a lot of people just voted for him because of the color of his skin and the country decided it was time for a "change" ,but he's just as worse as George W. Bush and i would rather not have a bunch of little kids having part of the future leaders of this country , but that's just my opinion and perspective of the idea of 16 year olds voting .

9/12/2014
Lancaster PA
Kalista Chapman
Ms.Grothey ER Elementary School
I believe that 16 year olds shouldn't be able to vote. Conceptualize 16 yr olds voting and the United States Of America having a horrible president and trying to vote on something they are not intimate with.Yeah, they learned but some of these teenagers are not responsible and don't know what they are doing and mess something up. But just envision 16 year olds that do not have a education. They are not going to be astute about voting and the president being someone abominable and ruin the country. That is why 16 year olds should not be able to vote.

9/9/2014
murrieta ca
corrine
jabro creekside high
Should 16-year-old be allowed to vote? The answer is no. Imagine all these young 16-year-old kids trying to vote on something they are not to familiar with. Yes they have learned about in school, but they dont fully understand it yet, for the majority of kids. . imagine all these unedcutaded kids voting for who is going to govern our country.

9/6/2014
Murrieta CA
Lily
Mr.Jabro Creekside Highschool
It would indeed increase the voter turn out,but it could either be for better or worse. I feel that 16 year olds do not know enough about about the government and political parties to have a valid say on our next president. I would not vote if I was 16 and able to,i'm 18 and still refuse to vote. Only voting in elections does not minimize their responsibility,one vote could mean the change of a life time. I do not think that 16 year olds have enough perspective on life to vote,depending on what they have gone through of course. When I was 16 I was very intelligent and had been through a lot at that point,but I wouldn't trust myself to vote. So no,they do not.

8/25/2014
Murrieta, Ca
Isaac
Mr. Jabro / CHS
I think that 16 year olds should not have the right to vote. I feel that many 16 year olds do not have the political knowledge to decide who would be the right person for the job. If i had the right to vote i would not because i dont know enough about the government to see what the person im voting for would do for us.

6/15/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Carol Melo
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I tihink that espanding the age of voitng at 16-yeat-olds would increase voters turnout. Also if i have the chance to vote i would vote. i believed that maybe 16-year-old would not have too much expirences as an adult, but i think they have some knowledge to do the right vote.

6/13/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Timera T
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe expanding the right to vote to 16-year-olds would increase the voted turnout. If I had the right to vote I would most definitely do it. I don't think letting sixteen year olds only vote in elections minimizes their responsibility. If you can vote, you can vote. Sixteen years do have a enough perspective in life. By sixteen you should be mature enough to have some type of view on life.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Rabeea
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I dont think 16-year olds should be able to vote because I think they are too young and many do not fully understand what is best for our country. Also I believe that 16-year olds wont really take advantage of this opportunity because they already have things that are more urgent in their lives to think about such as getting a license, getting a car, keeping good grades in school, and keeping a stable social life.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
Kyeer
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Yes 16 year olds should be able to vote because at age 16 your considered an adult you can drive and you should be able to make reasonable and responsible decisions .

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Christian P.
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think 16 year old should not be able to vote because they are inexperienced and should wait until at least 18. They have other responsibilities such as car payments and finding a job. I also think they shouldn't because they wouldn't be honest about the vote. They would just vote whoever their friends are voting for instead of voting for one you personally know about and are ok with.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Colin Brady
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote because they are mature by that age. More people would vote to because I know if I was 16 and allowed to vote I would most defiantly do it. So outcomes in Presidential campaigns might be different. And why wouldn't a 16 have the right perspective to vote? If he did a little research he would be set.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Mike
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that giving 16 year old's the right to vote is a mistake. I know this because 16 year old's aren't experienced enough to vote based on their own understanding. As it turned out, allowing 16 year old's to vote did relatively nothing because a large percentage did not vote. 16 year olds also are more occupied with school, music, and finding a girlfriend/boyfriend than politics.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Nadia S
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think expanding voting rights to 16 year olds improve the voter turnout. Maybe for the first few years it will because 16 year old will older and more respected but 16 year old don't really care about who's the president. If given the option to vote I would not do it because I honestly don't know that much about politics and I don't really pay attention to that type of stuff. I don't think that 16 year olds have enough perspective on life to vote. 16 year old have other things to worry about like getting a job and school. They don't fully understand politics .

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg,PA
JabareeM
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
They shouldn't be able too vote because they aren't fully focused on who would be the best at the job. No because I don't fully understand what they mean. Yes so the voted is the best it could be.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Kyle H
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I believe 16 year olds shouldn't be able to vote. They shouldn't be because at the age of 18 you can do a lot of things and a lot of things and happen to you. At 18 you can just the military, you can get convicted for crimes as an adult, and maybe even buy a house. 16 you are not an adult, 18 is. 18 should say the age to vote.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Adam
Mr. Hanna/stroudsburg JHS
I think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote for many reasons. I think first off people should be allowed to vote when they're 14 and it's there opinion which is freedom of speech. Also 16 year olds could be very influential. They could get other people to vote by going over social media. It could attract a lot of attention for 16 year olds on social media. I also think it would lead to better campaigns with more people voting. I think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Amanda A.
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I think that 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote. I do think having 16-year-olds vote would increase voter turn-out. The fact that "Most of the 350 newly enfranchised did not vote even though they had the right, something that the council members expected. The Takoma Park city clerk said about 90 16- and 17-year-olds registered to vote." This shows that giving 16-year-olds the right to vote would most definitely make voter turnout increase. If I were given the chance to vote, I would surely vote. It would make me feel part of my "community" I guess, rather just a resident on the side. The fact that their only limited to voting in elections does not minimize their responsibility because they are only 16 and it would kind of be like a "getting ready" type thing so that they know what they're doing when they turn 18. 16-year-olds do have enough perspective on life to vote, they've learned enough and have the right mind capacity and mindset to know what they're doing and think over the candidates.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
AbbyT
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe 16 year olds should be able to how but only if they have a certain grade point average and are educated about the candidates. If they are educated about the voting and are serious about it I see no harm in having them vote.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg / PA
Michael I.
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
16 year olds should not be able to vote. I know for sure some people are not mature enough to talk about simple things so how can we trust them to make good decisions about important things. Most 16 year olds don't know anything about the people they are electing. We cannot let them mess up our future!

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Audrey R
Mr.Hanna/Stroudburg JHS
I do not think 16 year olds should not be able to vote. As a 14 year old, I am not very well familiar or even interested in political matter. I do not believe 16 or even 18 year olds even have enough life experience to vote for the next POTUS

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg pa
Sydney L
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think that 16 year olds should vote. They are not quite adults yet. Some of them can't even drive! I think that the law of 18 year olds being able to vote is better than 16 year olds. They are not as experienced. I realize that it's only two more years but it is a lot more of maturity.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Caitlin P.
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Personally , I don't think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. It's a really big responsibility even for an adult , imagine how big it is for a 16 year old. If I was 16, and was allowed to vote, I probably wouldn't even think about it. Being 16 is a time where kids like to have fun, and not really care about anything, they don't want to think about who's the best to vote for and stuff like that, and honestly in my opinion most 16 year olds aren't mature enough to vote, at all. Their opinions will most likely be based off who their friends are voting for, and not their own. Also, most 16 year olds know close to nothing about politics, so although it's getting more people to vote, it's not the right kind of people you'd want voting.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Devon B
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that expanding voting rights to sixteen year olds would increase the voter turnout because it gives more people the chance to vote and most people will choose to vote if given the chance. If I was given the chance to vot I would. If other people who are older get to vote for people who are going to help me I want to choose who I want that to be and voting gives me that chance. The fact that they are are limited to voting in only elections doesn't minimize the responsibility any chance to vote is a big deal. I think sixteen year olds do have enough perspective on life to vote.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Ryan D
Mr. Hanna Stroudsburg jhs
I don't think that 16 year olds should be aloud to vote. My reasoning for this is that a lot of them don't have the maturity to have a part in something that will affect the whole United States.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
will s
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think 16 year olds should be able to vot because they don't care about the President's campaign and shouldn't have to worry about stuff like this. That is why I believe that 16 year olds shouldn't be able to vote

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Edwin
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
16 shouldn't have the power to vote. Yet they should worrying about supporting there family and having fun. Most 16 year olds don't even care about a president's speech of why you should vote for them. I'll say this if a 16 doesn't study for any tests why would they care to vote??

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
John
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I think that 16 year olds should be able to vote, but ever 3 people should count as one professional vote. I think this because at 16 year old, you should've learned about congress and voting by then. But at 16 years old it should only count as 1 vote for every three people.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Kyle J
Mr. Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
16-year-olds should note have the ability to vote. At 16 you have other responsibilities to take care of, such as finding a job or getting a car. Voting can't be added onto their priority list right now. Most teens would also most likely vote based on who their friends are voting for, which would completely derail the voting system.Another problem would be that they would neglect it's importance, instead of voting based on their peers they would even worse vote for anyone randomly to get it over with. And at 16 years old you really don't have much of a large perspective on life, as mentioned in the writer's piece. At that age you are more worried about yourself and not your community, to put it bluntly their minds are fixated on personal benefit, not that of their state or their entire country for that matter. The voting age should remain as it is , because as of right now most 16-year-olds do not have the time or mental dexterity to be an active voter.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Caitlin B.
Mr.Hanna/ Stroudsburg JHS
I honestly dont think that 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. There inexperienced and are not even adults. I think when your 18 and are just becoming an adult its Okay. 16 year olds have more things to worry about then voting for who will be the next POTUS. I dont think 16 year olds shouldbe able to vote.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Diamond R
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I don't think that 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. If I was given the chance to vote I honestly wouldn't because I feel that I do not know enough about politics yet. I also think that 16 year olds are not mature enough to make those types of decisions yet.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg/PA
Brooke M
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I believe that 16 year olds should be able to vote. This will increase the number of people that vote. Although 16 year olds may be inexperienced with politics, they should still be able to have a say in voting because it might be helpful to see what teenagers believe would be the right vote. Therefore, I believe 16 year olds should be able to vote .

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Hamed
Mr.Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
Expanding voting rights to 16-year-olds would most likely increase voter turnout. However, sixteen year olds should not be able to vote because most of them do not understand the importance of their vote. I would not vote if I had the chance because I would not understand everything about the election.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Sidney L
Mr.Hanna SJHS
I do not think that 16 year olds should have the right to vote. I don't think they know enough about politics to be able to understand much about presidential elections. I believe that when you turn 18 you are mature enough and have more knowledge about politics.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Talia g
Mr. Hanna stroudsburg JHS
Sixteen year olds should be able to vote. By the time you are sixteen you are old enough to make good decisions and be responsible. Although I believe that when you are sixteen you should be allowed to vote, you should only be allowed to vote for local elections.

6/11/2014
Stroudsburg, PA
Kayla H
Mr. Hanna/Stroudsburg JHS
I do not believe 16 years olds should be allowed to vote. They do not have enough perspective on life. Also, when you're 18 is when you're considered an adult. Voting is a privilege and at 16 you may not understand how big that privilege is.

6/4/2014
Washington NJ
Dustin
Mrs. Rokosny Warrenhills Regional Highschool
Sixteen year olds should not be allowed to vote at such an age. At this age teens are not yet mature enough to partake in this very serious and crucial matter. Our founding fathers granted the vote to virtuous adults, and it is evident that teens at age sixteen are not the most virtuous of people. At this age students still lack basic knowledge that is needed to formulate an educated opinion on political issues. Teenagers at this time are still in the process of maturing and still learning essential components needed when faced with the obstacle of voting. The vote must be only given to the virtuous and educated who truly and fully understand the importance of this constitutional right, and in today's society the average sixteen year old does not exhibit these features.

5/28/2014
Maple, WI
Kyra
Mr.Crail/Northwestern
I personally feel like not all 16 year olds understand why voting is such an important things. I feel like I’d have a hard time trusting my peers to do research on issues and people that would be voting on/for. From my personal experience just talking about issues at schools, I’ve learned that we don’t often look up information, more as we just repeat what we have heard- changing facts into more of a mere opinion. If I had the opportunity to vote, I would only vote if I knew enough facts about all the options. Don’t get me confused, I’m not saying that all 16 year olds are irresponsible; however, I feel like we need a little more education and life skills before we vote on important issues.

5/27/2014
Princeton/NJ
BethBlizzard
Mrs. Gigliotti/JWMS
I think 16 year olds should vote. If they want to just follow what their parents do or pick a candidate randomly, that's their choice. There are some older voters who do that! Besides, most states like 16 year olds drive and get jobs. Why can't they vote? Driving takes more maturity than voting! Staying 16 year olds shouldn't vote because they might not be informed is silly. Many Americans over 18 who vote aren't informed and we don't say they can't vote. Being uniformed is their choice. And besides, how do you know 16 year olds won't be informed? I'm 14 and I watch CNN every day. Saying 16 year olds won't be informed because they're young is unfair and stereotypical. Let 16 year olds vote!

5/20/2014
boston Ma
andrea williams
english high school
i think teens should vote at the age of 16

5/13/2014
Murrieta Ca
Sebastian Salinas
Mr.Jabro/Creekside High School
No I believe 16 year olds are too irresponsible and they really wouldn't have there own say about it. They would most likely be following in there parents footsteps or just copying what they voted for. I believe they aren't considered adults yet for a reason so they shouldn't be able to vote.

5/7/2014
Rudyard/MT
Kat
Mrs.Campbell/ North Star High School
No, 16 year olds tend to be more irresponsible and unattentive to whats happening during an election. So to have a 16 year old vote, would be to add to the number of uninformed voters that vote in the United States each year.

5/6/2014
Rudyard/MT
Kat
Mrs.Campbell/ North Star High School
No, 16 year olds tend to be more irresponsible and unattentive to whats happening during an election. So to have a 16 year old vote, would be to add to the number of uninformed voters that vote in the United States each year.

5/1/2014
baltimore maryland
kozara
carole alban glenmount
we ask should 16 year olds be able to vote yes yes yes

5/1/2014
Illionis
Mahnaaz
Hellen Keller Junior high
i think 16 years old should be able to vote because as the are allowed to drive, get jobs at this age they should also have the responsibility to vote. :D

4/29/2014
Washinton DC
Garrett Hassinger
Gonzaga College High School
I do believe that 16 year old PRE-ADULTS should be allowed to vote. If they can drive a car why can't they vote. We put them in control of others lives with a car and we aren't going to let them vote?? Thats's absurd!!!!

4/28/2014
Anchorage,Ak
Elijah
voss/Begich middle school
12 years of age is a good time to vote because everyone is in middle school learning about the government types and politics

4/9/2014
Harrison/MI
Blayne
Mr.Smith/Harrison Highschool
I dont think Letting 16 Year olds vote would be a good thing. Just because they just have gotten there drivers license doesnt mean that they are good choice-Makers. Having Due to the fact of not being fully educated about certain topics and subjects that are highly essential to know who would be a proper Commander and Chief. Dont get me wrong, im not saying evryone over the age of 18 makes good decisions but education can go a long way if you truly care.

4/8/2014
charlotte nc
charlie
trinity episcopal
16 yearolds should vote because they might develope a love for polotics #16yearolds

3/11/2014
Bellville henderson
Gregory
Miss Colby
Letting the voting age drop to 16 in local elections might up the voter turnout. But i do not think you should be able to vote at that age just for the reason on being educated in such matters. When you're 18 years of age you have a broad view of the world and matters conserning it rather then 16. Also who is to say that you will just follow what your friends voted for instead of doing the reseach and finding what's right yourself. Only time will tell if every desition made will effect the area in a negative way; we'll just have to wait an see what happens.

3/11/2014
Belleville New York
Taylor
Miss Coldy/Belleville Henderson
I believe that 16 year olds should not be able to vote. In my opinion they are immature and they dont understand whats going on. They dont pay any attention to whats going on in governmental issues that are important and may change their lives.

3/7/2014
Belleville/New York
Jazmine
Miss Colby/Belleville Hendersonq
I do not think that 16-year-olds should be entitled to voting. This choice would not increase the voter turnout. Most 16-year-olds aren't educated enough on voting. I would understand if they were educated on the whole netire voting process and were mature. But , lets face it, most 16-year-olds aren't mature enough to vote. The fact that voting is 18 and up does not limit the voter turnout. You should have to be 18 to vote because when you turn 18 you are a legal adult. Most adults have the knowlege and information to make an educated decision.

3/7/2014
Belleville/ New York
Bre
Colby/BHCS
Expanding voting rights to 16-year-olds will increase to voter turnout, since most 16-year-olds want to be adventurous and try new things, but at 16 they shouldn't be allowed to vote. Simply because they don't know much about running for office, natural crisis, and making decisions, that can affect everyone. They don't have enough perspective to look at every angle of the situation to be able to vote. In order to vote you need to be able to look at both of the parties side, to see what their goals are, and how they are going to help the community. At 16, a teenagers only responsibility is to have fun,and maintain grade to graduate from high school.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Jake
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
I personally do not think that 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote because many of them at that age are unaware of what is actually going on in our country. Speaking from experience, I barely even knew what was going on, let alone who I would have voted for at the time. If you look at the voting age today, 18, even still there are many 18-year-olds who don't even pay attention the issues in our country and most of them still vote. Therefore, I think that the voting age needs to remain where it is.

3/7/2014
New York
Alan
Belleville Henderson
I believe that sixteen year-olds should not be able to vote. When you turn 16, the amount of responsibily that an individual has increases dramatically. Weither it be getting a permit or license or being able to move away from home, there are so many changes within an individual's life. Voting should be held from young adults until the age of 18. By then, people become interested in the world of politics and realize what they want from their government. It is then that they are truely mature enough to make educated decisions such as voting. At age eighteen, you become a true adult and should be permitted to have the freedom to speak your mind through an offical ballot.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Abbey
Miss Colby/Belleville Henderson
I absolutely do not feel that 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. You are not even considered to be an adult until the age of 18. Not to mention, although kids around that age are very intelligent, they don't always understand certain concepts and controversial issues that occur. 16 year olds tend to go along with their opinion and how they feel about a situation or a person in particular, rather than facts and what is right for our country. Having opinions is important, however, sometimes having opinions can get out of control with particular topics and it comes off as being biased.

3/7/2014
Belleville/ NY
Skyllar
Colby/ BHCS
I dont think sixteen years olds should have the right to vote becasue it dosent mean that they will all be responsible to go out and vote and know who they are voting for.

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Tristan Jacob
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I believe that 16 year olds should be allowed to vote on a local level. By the time you're sixteen you are typically involved with your community and aware of what is going on. That being said, it makes more sense that they be allowed to vote. There are many times when a person around the age of 16 will want to be a part of their community and help make a difference. This will give them that chance. Also, it will help them get eased into the voting process as opposed to just being dropped into it at 18, when people are typically beginning to live on their own and have more important things to do. By having them start in local elections, it limits their major effect, and thus not giving them an overload of responsibility.

3/7/2014
Belleville, New York
Chelsea
Miss Colby/ Belleville Henderson
The Majority of 16 year old's do not watch the news, they don't pay close attention to many governmental issues. those who do pay attention don't really pay enough. if 16 year olds were given the right to vote, it would most likely Hinder the evolution of this country. the voting age should remain to those who actually know what they are voting for. 16 years are to influenced by their surroundings, making them most likely to just "vote for whoever everyone else is voting for", which is not necessarily a good thing. The voting age is fine the way it is

3/7/2014
NY
Tiffani
BHCS
When i was sixteen i would have answered with a yes to feel useful, however, looking at the sixteen year olds now a days i change that answer. 18 years old is a decent age, not too old not too young; being sixteen you hear rumors and hearing the wrong thing could change a persons view and wrong decisions could be made. 16 year olds are gullible therefore, NO

3/7/2014
Belleville NY
Ashley
Colby Belleville Henderson
At 16 we are finally given the freedom we always wanted: driving. Sixteen is the big "coming of age" and everyone counts down til their 16th birthday. At 16 we're given more responsibilites and people hold higher standards for us, but should they be allowed to vote? Absolutely not. At 16 we're still ignorant, and we haven't learned how to listen. At 16 we believe that our opinion is the only right one, and everyone else is wrong. Of course that's not the case, and at 18 the real world hits you and all those lessons you were taught at 16 come rushing back. If we give 16 year olds the right to vote you bypass the important stages of teaching them that other opinons matter. You also bypass the age where they learn how to listen and become better citizens. They need to be educated on voting, and personally I'd rather wait til I'm 18 to vote. I will have graduated high school, I would have learned about politics, and I'll be a legal adult. I would rather have well educated ADULTS vote, rather than have KIDS vote for important things, like who's going to be the next president.

3/7/2014
Belleville ny
Megan
Colby
I beleive that at the age of 16 you should be allowed to vote in the local elections, but by no means in a federal election. At the age of 16 you finally get to get your license and get a job. Alot of local elections may have effect on your rules as a 16 or 17 year old licensed driver or as a 16 or 17 year old working. I beleive that you should be able to vote if something is going to effect you. With federal elections I think it should be left at 18. I know that when I was 16 and 17 I didnt worry about anything other then school, work, and passing my drives test. I never paid any attention to the new or what was going on around that country I was conserned about me and my county.

3/7/2014
ny
thurmanb
belleville
no this is why chances are that they wont know who or what to vote fori know that when i was 16 i had zero respnsibility let alone the fact that i never payed attention to what went on in the world

3/7/2014
Belleville, New York
Milinda
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I don't sixteen years old would be the appropriate age to be able to vote. At sixteen people have a different perspective on things so how would they know who they want for president. Thats too big of a choice to put into a kids hands. At 18 most people have matured and have a good perspective on things and have different beliefs. At sixteen your still going through changes and chosing someone for president is a big decision and 16 year olds, I think shouldn't decide that. They need more time to think about who would make a better president, what kind of person they want and even whether they want a Democrat or Republican. Theres a lot to learn about the goverment before you vote, and how to even register to vote. The appropriate age to vote is 18 if not a higher age.

3/7/2014
New York
Megan
Colby
16 year olds should not be allowed to vote. At the age of 16 you are still considered a child. Most kids at the age of 16 really aare not worried about what is going on around them and they may vote for something that they would vhange their mind on in the future. If we were allowed 16 year olds to vote i do not believe that it would make our country any better than it is now.

3/7/2014
Belleville New York
Daniel
Miss. Colby Belleville Henderson
I don't think 16 year olds should be able to vote, I know at 16 that I myself wasn't informed enough to be able to go to the polls and vote. I feel like 18 is a more mature age where you will take things like voting a lot more seriously. Voting is a very serious thing and should be handled with respect and seriousness, I personally don't think a 16 year old would be able to handle it.

3/7/2014
belleville, ny
emily
colby/bhcs
i dont believe that sixteen year olds should be able to vote becasue they are still too young. they dont understand how the government completly works yet and learn more about it in school for a few years or over a year so they have a better understanding to why they are voting for a certain person or if they should even vote at all.

3/7/2014
NY
Christine
Ms. Colby/BHCS
I do not believe that 16 year olds should be given the right to vote. In my opinion 16 years of age is too young to be trusted with that amount of power. Most 16 year olds are not well informed, or at least well informed enough to make the decision on who should run this country. I believe 18 is the appropriate age for voting.

3/7/2014
Belleville/New York
Jocelyn
Miss. Colby/Belleville-Henderson
i don't think sixteen year olds should be able to vote because ,even though more people would vote because the age requirement decreased, it would cause a lot of problems because, even though when you are sixteen you can drive and get a job and you are a young adult, when you are 18 i feel that you have more life experience and your view on things are much more clearer than that of a 16 year old. and i don't think that all 16 year olds are educated enough to know about politics, and I'm not saying that all sixteen year olds are non-educated when it comes to the world of politics and voting and which party they belong to. I feel that when you are that age you tend to lean towards whatever party your parents favor which is OK but as you get older your opinion on stuff changes and the party that you agree with most may not be that of which your parents favor

3/7/2014
Belleville/NY
Kristin
Colby/Belleville
I don't think that 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. Most (not all, but most) 16 year olds aren't paying a lot of attention to legal matters. Even if they are paying attention, at 16 years old a lot of people are very stubborn and set in their ways, and they sometimes have a hard time seeing both sides of every story. Also, I feel like many 16 year olds would just vote for who their parents/guardians are voting for. At 16 people are still learning and are being influenced heavily by the people around them. I just think 16 is just too young to make decisions like that. I understand that they want more people to vote, but I would rather have less voters, but have the voters be educated in the matter they're voting for, and really understand what and who they're voting for, than have a lot of voters who have no clue.

3/7/2014
Belleville, NY
Hannah
Miss Colby
Most 16 year olds don't know anything about voting. They don't know how to register or they don't know who to vote for. They have other stuff on their minds, not who is the best candidate for the position. I believe that 16 year olds shouldn't be allowed to vote. There many be some scenarios where it is accepted and that is fine. But the majority of the population pf 16 year olds doesn't know, or simple doesn't care about voting. 16 year olds shouldn't be allowed to vote. They should have to wait until they are 18.

3/7/2014
Belleville/ New York
Katy
Colby
I don't think 16 year olds should be voting. They're young, immature adults. They think they know everything, when in reality they are just simply immature. Some 16 year olds can't grasp the concept of what is going on because they don't think its the best solution and they can do it better. Therefore, 16 year olds should not be able to vote.

3/7/2014
NY
Tyler
Colby
When I was 16 I wasn't making some of the wisest decisions. If you can barely use common sense how should you be allowed to vote. once you turn 18 you are normally out of high school land a forced to become and adult. when you are 16 you are still under your parents supervision. You need much more maturity to vote than you have at the age of 16.

3/5/2014
Norman, OK
Gadel
Moore Norman Technology Center
I don't think 16 year old people, young adults, have enough life experience to be able to vote. Even at 18 years of age, a lot of young adults do not have enough life experiences to vote. I would love to see the voting change to at least age 21. Most young people age 16 do not understand or take interest in legal matters and the all around effect that the legal matters will have long term. Also, most 16 year old, not all, but most are still following the latest fashion trends and their maturity is not at the best level. 16 year old, young adults, are very impressionable still and can be easily led in the wrong direction.

2/26/2014
Washington/NJ
John
Rokosny / Warren Hills RegionalHigh School
There is no doubt in my mind that allowing sixteen year olds to enter the voting pool would increase the voter turnout in the United States opposed to the lack of response from eighteen year olds the government thought they would obtain, but why? Simply put, eighteen year olds may be moving out of their house to enter a life on independence, but sixteen year olds still bunkered down in their home for two more years (most of the time) will be dragged to the polls to duplicate their parents vote, and that is precisely why sixteen year olds should not be given the privilege (as it is not a right) to vote in elections no matter the level of politics. I can speak for myself and plenty of other of my peers that are entering the age of eighteen with me, our minds were not as mature and politically informed two years ago as they are now. Politics of course does not garner interest from everyone nor is the level of political knowledge the same in everyone, but still, two years from sixteen to eighteen is a much bigger gap than one would think. In many states, the age of sixteen means driving…but only if your parent is in the passenger seat, so there is no doubt to me that when a sixteen year old drives to the polls with their parents in the passenger seat, that due to a lack of being politically inclined and mentally mature, they will be in the passenger seat of their parents’ poll duplicating their parents’ vote not out of any sort of intellectual independence though.

2/26/2014
Mosinee/WI
Abigail
Mosinee High School
I do not think that 16-year-olds should be able to vote. Most kids at this age are ignorant or not educated enough to form an educated vote in politics. Some could argue with me and say that many adults are uneducated in politics as well, but they are adults and it is completely expected from them to be educated on such a topic. It is a great thing that we have 16 and 17 year olds educated in politics, but it is not expected out of them. The kids who wish to vote at a younger age should look forward to voting when they become an adult because they will be the political leaders of our generation.

2/13/2014
Sidney. MT
Destiny
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney HighSchool
16 year old should not be allowed to vote, not ALL 16 year olds are educated enough to know about polotics.

2/13/2014
MT
Daryn
Mr Faulhaber
i do not think that 16 year old are responsible enough yet to vote. many young people dont even have their own opinion about politicts and many will just vote for what their parents vote for.

2/13/2014
Sidney, MT
Brandon
Mr. Faulhaber
I believe that 16 year olds should not be able to vote. Yes that may be the age of when you first get your car and license, but being that young you wont have a full understanding of politics. Even being 18 you still don't have a full understanding of politics.

2/13/2014
Sidney, MT
Daria
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I feel that 16 year olds should be able to vote. I think this would benifit the younger generation because it would allow the students to get involved with their counrtys government. It would also educate the kids about politics and how the counrty is ran. I believe that younger people do have valuable opinions and ideas for the government and politics. It would provide more input for the government.

2/13/2014
Rudyard/MT
Sarah
Mrs. Campbell/ North Star Schools
I think that lowering the voter age to 16 would increase voter turnout, at least a little. 16 and 17 year olds definitely have less to think about that the 18 and older age group so they would have more time to spare registering and voting. In small local elections when they know the candidates this could be a good thing because the would know the facts and could make informed decision. However, I don't think they have enough perspective to vote in bigger elections. Adults who are experienced in the fields of politics barely know the policies of the people they vote for; there is no way a 16 year old would. They have just broken out into the real world and they would be influenced greatly by the way they parents and their peers voted. When I was a minor I think I definitely would have voted in town elections. I don't think I would of voted in nation wide elections though because I didn't really care, and paying attention to the campaigns took too much work.

2/11/2014
Washington, NJ
Isaac Q.
Warren Hills/ Mrs. Rokosny
While the, many of other students in my AP Gov. class feel that 16 year olds are too immature to vote I disagree. Regardless of whether or not they should be allowed to vote, it is our constitutional responsibility to allow everyone to vote, regardless of how we may feel about them. Who are we to say that someone is "immature" so they do not get a say in an election. This would be limiting a person’s democratic right based on personality and behavioral traits. In theory, the same argument could be used against anyone, including a fifty year old adult, provided I don't like their behaviors of personality. I should not have the right to take their rights away. And who is to say that a number defines an age where someone becomes politically aware. Is it such where, following a cascade of golden light and the alignment of the planets at a specific moment in time, a person becomes enlightened with an opinion; and where they are transformed from an ignorant child to a fully knowledgeable adult? I would love to hear from someone who saw such a wonder. That being said, I do support the voting age being lowered to 16, or possibly even lower. There may be many more opportunities for voter fraud or coercion, but the fact remains that high school age students are influenced 24/7 by decisions that they are not permitted to make. While we may not in trust the right to gamble, pre-18 people may still be paying taxes (I did), driving (I did) and required to attend school (all of which is decided and managed though public voting or the election of school board members).

2/7/2014
Hackettstown/NJ
Arthur Salty Cheung
Mrs. Rokosny
At the age of 16, students are still trying to figure out what they believe in and have so many more priorities that they would rather have consume their time than keeping up with politics. Many will not understand the monumental value of their vote for a candidate. Most will still just be learning basic US History and what exactly it means to be part of a political party. Intricate politics and government would and should be the last of their worries. The implications of voting in itself is too complicated an issue for such a young person to understand during such an early part of their life. Many of the influences that should affect which candidate a person votes for are non existent in the life of a 16 year old. Therefore, they will not only lack the necessary experience, but the vital reasons to vote. Many will likely vote the same candidate as their parents who still hold much control over their lives. With the power of voting being so great, voting is not only gift but also a responsibility that can only be trusted in people at the appropriate age.

2/7/2014
Washington/NJ
Evan Turner
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
Under no circumstances, ever, should 16 year olds be allowed to vote for any kind of important position in our country's federal government, especially for the president of the United States. While the age of 16 is a big milestone in one's life, as it is often the age at which one is legally allowed to drive, and in some cultures is the age of a rite of passage, these achievements have nothing to do with politics. While 16, one is most likely still living at home with their parents, which means they are still under their parents influence. At the age of 16, one is also not applicable to many laws in our country because they are too young. The only people to vote should be those who will be directly represented by those they vote for, and those who will e directly affected by the laws put into place by those they are voting for. For the same reason we have an electoral college to represent our people, we have parents and guardians to represent our children. MOst 16 year olds are not well informed enough about politics to properly make a secure decision as to who they will vote for depending on their personal beliefs and needs. They will simply vote for who their parents tell them to, or possibly who they don't tell them to in an act to spite their parents, as many teens would love to do. This would cause a great imbalance in the system and bad results from polls. Until citizens of America are legal adults, they should not be allowed to vote.

2/7/2014
Washington/New Jersey
Kanisha
Rokosny
Citizens in the United States can not drink alcohol until they are 21 years of age. We can not join the armed forces until we are 18. We can not buy a house or be considered legal adults until the age of 18. 18 is the magic number of maturity and responsibility in this country, and to lower the voting age to 16 may have disastrous results. I agree that voter participation is greatly lacking in our nation, but allowing minors to vote is not the solution. At the age of 16, students are only just in high school, still living at home, with very few real responsibilities in life. They have yet to obtain any strenuous responsibility and are only just beginning to approach maturity. Teenagers are very easily influenced by those around them: their peers, their families, the adults in their lives. At age 16, they have yet to reach a mature mindset that would allow them to make an informed and reasonable decision at the polls. At that age they are just beginning to become exposed to the world of politics. Yes, allowing 16 year old citizens to vote at the polls may increase voter turnout, but is it really worth it to increase voter participation if votes are made irrationally with negative results. Voters of such a young age group would not be informed enough or knowledgeable enough about laws and politics to make informed and reasonable decisions at the polls. With the slew of teenage drinking, teenage pregnancies, and other societal problems that are a result of young immaturity, it would not be a wise decision to allow these children to make decisions for our country. 16 is simply too young of an age for voters.

2/7/2014
Washington NJ
Dustin
Mrs. Rokosny Warrenhills Regional Highschool
Sixteen year olds should not be allowed to vote at such an age. At this age teens are not yet mature enough to partake in this very serious and crucial matter. Our founding fathers granted the vote to virtuous adults, and it is evident that teens at age sixteen are not the most virtuous of people. At this age students still lack basic knowledge that is needed to formulate an educated opinion on political issues. Teenagers at this time are still in the process of maturing and still learning essential components needed when faced with the obstacle of voting. The vote must be only given to the virtuous and educated who truly and fully understand the importance of this constitutional right, and in today's society the average sixteen year old does not exhibit these features.

2/7/2014
Washington/ NJ
Sagar
Mrs. Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
If this question was raised couple of centuries ago, my answer would have been different. However, teenager today should not be allowed to vote at the age of 16. 16-year-olds are not mature enough to vote; most of them cannot manage to graduate without getting pregnant or associating themselves with drugs and alcohol. In addition to this, most 16-year-olds do not work full-time; therefore, they should not be allowed to vote for a candidate that might endanger the economy. Teenagers are also likely to vote in favor of legalizing alcohol, tobacco, and lottery for minors, and legalizing marijuana. In conclusion, 16-year-olds should not be allowed to vote because it would be the best for the future of America.

2/7/2014
Washington/ New Jersey
Amanda
Mrs. Rokosny/ Warren Hills Regional High School
Expanding the voting age to sixteen year olds would not be a good idea because at that age most adolescents are still solely basing their political ideals with anything their guardians say. Also most teenagers are not in tune with political current events or aware of the countries state, whether it be economy or foreign affairs. At this age people are not mature enough to make such an important decision on their own.

2/7/2014
Oxford, NJ
Aubrey
Mrs. Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
I don't believe 16-year-olds should be able to vote. I feel at 16 years old, students are still trying to figure out how to make decisions on their own. Not that 16 is that much younger than 18, I do believe 18 is an appropriate age to let people start voting. At 18, most people have been faced with choosing a college and deciding how they'll pay for college and their future. Turning 18 provides you with growing up and becoming an adult, and thus I believe you are ready to make an educated decision to vote. I think most 16-year olds don't have a true opinion on politics. They would rather vote for the same person their parent is voting for, or who their friends are voting for. I don't sincerely believe that all people who are 18 are ready to vote, but I definitely don't believe people are 16 should be able to vote either.

2/7/2014
Washington NJ
Spencer
Warren Hills Regional High School
i dont believe it is a viable option to lower the voting age because most younger adolescence are immature and would be unable to handle the responsibility of voting. they havent had the life experiences yet to have the proper perspective on life to make major voting decisions that can potentially change the course of the country.

2/7/2014
Washington/NJ
June
Rokosny/Warren Hills Regional High School
Collectively, sixteen years olds, easily influenced by fleeting trends and vapid internet phenomena, simply don't have the capacity to make an informed and reliable decision regarding something so significant. Additionally, a majority of 16 year olds still live at home, and will be largely unaffected by the changes that may accompany a new leader. Their vote will mean that the votes of those who truly need it will be less impactful. While allowing 16 year olds to vote will increase the number of voters, it will not increase the proportion of registered voters voting.

2/7/2014
Washington/New Jersey
Dahlia
Rokosny/Warren Hills
I do not believe that sixteen-year-olds should be allowed to vote. Still young, they are not very informed about politics. Though it could possibly increase voter turnout, there is a chance that it could also decrease it. Not all sixteen-year-olds are able to drive, and their parents may be too busy to drive them. I think that the voting age should remain at eighteen: it is an age when people are more mature, more informed about politics, and can make better decisions.

2/7/2014
Washington NJ
Sandhyaa
Mrs. Rokosny
I think that 16-year-olds don't have the perspective on life to vote. Most 16-year-old are too young to understand how politics play a vital part in their lives. At 18 years of age you are considered a adult and most 18 year old prepare for life out of high school meaning at 18 you are capable of participating in your government more importantly you have the privilege to.

2/7/2014
Washingotn/ NJ
Ryan
Rokosny/ Warren Hills
I do not believe that 16 year olds should have the right to vote. Myself at 16, I do not believe I was informed enough to form an accurate opinion on a candidate, and I am an AP History and Government student who watches debates, speeches, and is aware of our government's decisions. The average student would have even less of an idea about these candidates. Getting your permit to drive a car with parental supervision and voting in an election require two completely different maturity levels. All in all the average 16 year old does not have this maturity maturity level, some 18 year olds do not either, if anything raise it don't lower it.

2/7/2014
Port Murray/ NJ
Justin Watts
Rokosny/ Warrenhills
No 16 year olds should not be able to vote, how could 16 year old vote if they can not even be trusted to drive a motor vechical by themselfs how could they be trusted then to make a decision which could effect the whole world

2/7/2014
Washington, New Jersey
Sai
Mrs. Rokosny
Yes, 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. The more people that are allowed to vote the more democratic the nation will be. By the age of 16, many Americans are socially and politically aware enough to make their own choices.

2/7/2014
Hackettstown
Aldo Legénd
Mrs. Rokosny
16 isn't a monumental birthday here in New Jersey. You still can't drive by yourself, and you still needs parents permission to work. Age has a lot to do with maturity and some people don't agree. While this may or may not be true it could only be beneficiary to wait 2 more years to vote. Thats 2 years of social, scholarly, and political experiences.

2/3/2014
Watertown MA
Marianna
Rimas/Watertown High School
No they should not because half the 16 year olds in this generation do not know much about Politics.

2/3/2014
Watertown/Ma
chloe
Mr.Rimas
I think 16 year olds should not vote because they are too young. They don't know that much or have had that much experience with voting and politics. I think being 18 and voting is the right age to vote because you have had a little more experience.

1/27/2014
Sidney/MT
Ryan
Mr.Faulhaber SHS
I don't find that 16 year olds have enough knowledge to vote and aren't mature enough either.They probably wouldn't know what they are voting for.

1/27/2014
Sidney/Montana
Ethan
Mr. Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I don't find that 16 year olds know what they are voting for exactly when they do vote on big decisions such as judges or mayors. A lot of the time it just doesn't seem like 16 year old people would understand the specifics of voting.

1/27/2014
Sidney Montana
Kali Zadow
Mr. Faulhaber Sidney High School
I dont think that 16 year old should be allowed to vote because they may not know the importance of the election and who they are really voting for and they have an affect on the election too.

1/17/2014
Benson/ AZ
Andrew
Marv Sorenson/ Benson High School
I believe that at the age of sixteen kids shouldn't have the right to vote, because voting is a privilege of understanding the importance of voting. At the age of 16, kids are probably not educated or informed enough on how to or even who to vote for. Most of the time people probably don't even know who to vote for as a candidate, and usually choose someone from an outside influence, knowing politics has a majority insight of ones opinion, but should also have a background of knowledge to back it up. I believe it's not a good idea for 16 year old kids to vote.

1/17/2014
benson AZ
Kristopher
Marv Sorenson/ Benson high school
I believe that sixteen year old kids shouldn't be allowed to vote. I say this because i have seen, and met adults in their twenties that are not mature enough to make decisions of that caliber. As a young teen you still have things to learn before you make these decisions. It is a year where you can drive, and start getting a job, but its just that a beginning.

1/17/2014
Benson/AZ
Johnny
Mr. Sorenson/Benson High School
No, 16 year olds won't commit mostly, because they're leaving home, getting out into the world, and don't want to be bothered. I know this from living at home myself. And I'm 17! I think adults just make better choices in voting, and teens---like me---get distracted easily and usually skim through something rather than thinking hard about it like adults. I think that teens can vote, but they need to make informed deduction upon whom to vote for, firstly. Just like education for the incarcerated, education for young voters are funded by the taxpayers, but taxpayers get the benefits as teen voters consider the candidates beforehand. This is an important matter, not one that should be biased, like the comment in the left script, "[young voters] should not be allowed to dilute the ballots of older, more experienced voters." No, that's not the right way to look at this troubling situation, in my opinion. There are dumb adults that vote, too. Taking out an important demographic or disbanding their voting rights is stupid, therefore.

1/17/2014
Benson AZ
Carly
Marv Benson High School
I don't think the majority of 16 year olds in the united states have the maturity level or even the understanding of the government to be able to vote to the best of their knowledge. most would likely go with just who everyone else is voting for just to fit in with the crowd or simply because their friends did. I think if 16 year olds were to be allowed to vote then schools would need to have a class early enough in high school that students could learn about voting and government before they actually go to vote. most schools don't provide such a class until maybe senior year when students are 18 or will be turning 18. thinking back on when I was 16 I don't think I could've made the proper decision on who or what to vote for on my own. I know I would have ended up asking a parent which box to check. to me, that's not right. people should be able to vote on their own and if students are being burdened with this then they will most likely ask a parent or adult which way to vote or else the will follow what all their friends are doing. either way they don't really have a say because they are not properly educated. I would be for 16 year olds being able to vote only if the proper education and knowledge was provided to them. otherwise I would have to say no.

1/16/2014
Benson AZ
Rachael
Mr. Sorensen Benson High School
Voting is a privilege and a right that more people should participate in and understand than the numbers now. If we allowed younger students to take advantage of this opportunity, they will be able to expand their knowledge about our government and how it works earlier on in their lives. At 16, students are well enough educated to understand the importance of voting. What they might not be well enough educated about is how to vote or how to tell whom to vote for. This only encourages teachers to start classes on this very subject earlier. Most high school students don’t take such a class until they are already 18 or on the way to becoming so. By this time, they are already on the move of getting on with their lives so voting is not a major concern. This may contribute to the fact that not enough Americans take part in voting. If voting was encouraged and allowed at 16, it becomes a practical part of our lives. Therefore, with education and lower requirements we could raise the amount of citizens that make voting a part of their lives which in essence brings greater decision making in the long run.

1/16/2014
Benson, AZ
Sarah
Mr. Sorenson/ Benson High School
I don't think 16 years olds should be given the right to vote. I feel most of the time it would be people who know nothing about the candidates they're voting for, and they vote for them because of outside influence like their parents, friends, etc. Some 16 year olds have a lot of knowledge on politics, but I think the majority doesn't. It's not a good idea.

1/16/2014
Benson AZ
Katie B
Mr. Sorensen Benson High School
I don't think 16 year olds should be allowed to vote. In today's world kids just don't care. We have 18 year olds at our school that don't even care about voting. Very few 18 year olds are eligible to vote while still in school, and I believe thats a good thing. We are always going to have the influence of our parents, family, and environment on who we vote for and what we believe in. But if 16 year olds were allowed to vote they would also be influenced by their teacher. Which could change who they would normally vote for to what their teacher has taught them at that point in time. Teenagers do not have enough life experience to be able to vote on matters such as laws and taxes. We haven't learned enough about such matters. 16 year olds should not be alllowed to vote.

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