“People often say that, in a democracy, decisions are made by a majority of the people. Of course, that is not true. Decisions are made by a majority of those who make themselves heard and who vote – a very different thing.”
— Walter Henry Judd (American Politician/Statesman)
According to the Twenty-Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution (section 1), the minimum age for voting is 18, and that makes sense. Throughout the years, petitions, organizations, and other actions have endorsed the right for children to vote, yet all of it is based on a misconception.
Kids are too ignorant to vote. Sure, they could be surfing the Internet for politics and watching the news for the next president election, but nothing gets in the way of the fact that many children misunderstand what happens in the political world. Sometimes, they may vote for the wrong reasons. In fact, some may vote just for fun.
Kids are subject under the supervision of their parents. Growing up with someone means knowing them closely. Parents who agree with a particular political idea will have children that share the idea. If juvenile voting gets in effect, ambitious politicians will have the tendency to take advantage of this.
Sometimes, adults vote because they are subject under taxes and other government drawbacks. Children have not paid taxes. Neither are they intelligent enough to reason like adults until the age of 15, according to developmental biologist Jean Piaget. The youth do not have jobs; they have not experienced working conditions. Even teenagers with jobs need some time to get used to the labor world.
Does this mean that kids are unequal to adults and do not deserve the same rights as an adult? No. Does this mean that children need experience in social security, healthcare, or taxes before they can run this country and take adult issues? Yes.
If we give children the right to vote, we might as well let them run for president. Our country is a delicate responsibility, and the hands of the youth should mature before they can hold the world of voting and politics.