Being informed matters in votingFriday, October 29, 2010 By Kailey Perry
At age eighteen, people gain the right to vote. Though they have the right, some question whether it is right to let them vote so young. Some think they are too immature to decide things, even at age eighteen, when people are technically adults. Are these people wrong? I really don’t trust teenagers to make decisions about issues that matter. I don’t trust kids to make decisions about stuff that doesn’t matter. Kids I know will eat somewhere because it is closer to the rainbow than another restaurant. Knowing the people I do, I wouldn’t rely on them to actually check the facts and see who the best candidate would be. I would expect them to vote for the one who’s cutest. Not all kids are like that. Don’t get me wrong. Some young people are smart and knowledgeable and are not ignorant, but a lot of them are. Many teenagers would decide their vote on something superficial, like which their parents/friends/other significant figure is voting for. Some stuff is too important for that. I’m not saying children shouldn’t be able to vote. Kids have the mental capacities to choose things. I’m saying that a lot of children won’t really know what they are voting for and won’t bother to figure it out. Call me a cynic, but I don’t trust most adults to decide stuff like that either. Some people are just dumb. But you can’t say someone has to pass an IQ test to vote. That ruins the entire point of democracy. I just think people should know what they are voting for before they do so. So please, before you cast your vote, discount what you’ve been told by your father or best friend. Look for yourself to see who the best candidate is. If you cannot do this, you should not vote.