Elevate Maryland is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to (if not my favorite)…and they had Opel Jones (Howard County Council Member from District 2) on recently…and he mentioned lowering the voting age to 16. Now I really like Opel Jones and I was a supporter of his during his campaign…but this initiative concerns me a lot…and it should you as well.
Here is a clip of the Elevate Maryland (around to 20 minute mark of the audio clip) interview and what he said:
Now we do not let kids drink until they are 21…and we do not let kids smoke until they are 18 (and that is trying to be changed to 21 here in Maryland)…and we do not let kids join the military until they are 18…and we do this because we do not think they have matured enough to make smart decisions in those areas…but let them vote and elect members that write laws at 16…hard to square that circle with me.
Look…if you believe kids are mature enough at 16 to be adults and make adult decisions…let them do it all…but there are very few of us that have kids or have had kids at 16 that believe they are there at that age.
Many kids at that age are more liberal than they are conservative…is that the goal of this initiative…is it to get more voters on your side of the ticket? The question has to be asked by someone…because I can not believe it is that someone believes that they are old enough to make informed intelligent decisions when it comes to electing members that write the laws that they have to live by going forward…but maybe that is just me.
I love the idea of finding ways to involve younger voters in the voting process…and the local Board of Education does that…and maybe we can find other options…but this idea seems like a bad one to me.
I have not spoken with Opel about his comments on Elevate Maryland about this topic…but hope to in the near future.
I am curious what you think…let me know in the comments.
Be sure to listen to Elevate Maryland often…they have great guests…and I am loving that they have the new Howard County Council members on the show right now…that is just awesome: http://elevatemaryland.libsyn.com/. I hope to be big time enough to be on the show someday…LOL.
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