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Thread: Would reducing the voting age benefit the left?

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    Default Would reducing the voting age benefit the left?

    As it is fairly common knowledge that young people are generally more progressive and left leaning politically, would reducing the voting age to 16 benefit left leaning parties at the expense of right wing ones?

    Or, as is the case in a country where conservative parties get more votes than progressive ones do, would conservative parties actually benefit the most as parents will force their kids to vote the way they do?

    Another possibility is that it would make no difference at all and the voting patterns of 16-18 year olds will be similar to that of the rest of the population.

    In Argentina, where it was lowered to 16, the government was accused of using the youth vote to get back into power (but maybe that was opposition just being opposition). If I'm not mistaken, Christina Fernandez, the Argentinian President, is left leaning herself.

    Argentina lowers voting age to 16 - Telegraph

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    When I see Young Fine Gaelers and Ográ-Heads support government policies on college campus, it leaves you wondering that things never change.
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    WHAT "left"????

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    It would benefit the people who get the vote which, lest we forget, is kinda the point of the vote in the first place

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    Quote Originally Posted by satanclaus88 View Post
    Well if their instincts and belief in themselves are sound it could only serve to benefit the right.
    But if they've been exposed to a massive bombardment of TV and advertisements then Left would definitely benefit.
    But as Spiderman asked- what left?
    Do you mean the proletariat?
    Or do you mean those who think that the ESS virtues of discipline,courage,honour and loyalty should be superceded by the ephemeral values of tolerance and equality?
    They should raise the voting age, and government power should be limited. I dont want a nannystate of any description, whether its leftwing or ultra conservative.

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    This move towards allowing 16 year olds to vote is part of this "equality" sickness.

    Let kids be kids, rather than little adults.

    Kids of that age will obviously be far more likely to vote for LW parties since the values of the Left appeal to mind that likes soundbites, uniformity(with the pretence of individuality), and popularity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ruserious View Post
    When I see Young Fine Gaelers and Ográ-Heads support government policies on college campus, it leaves you wondering that things never change.
    That is how to ensure a successful career in this rotten little statelet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pragmaticapproach View Post
    They should raise the voting age, and government power should be limited. I dont want a nannystate of any description, whether its leftwing or ultra conservative.
    The average teenager is indifferent to politics . The lowest turnout by age in Irish elections/ referenda are those in the 18 to 21 cohorts. Therefore they could reduce the voting age to 7 for all the difference it's going to make. The political scum who rant about reducing voting age are Empty cans making noises to distract voters from serious issues
    Repeal the thirty-fourth amendment of the Irish constitution :
    Children have a basic right to be reared by a mother and a father.

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    If it did, that wouldn't be a reason not to lower it.
    Repeal the 27th.

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    I think it would be of more benefit to the right. Teenagers tend to be very idealistic with little real life experience of the problems people face in life. It can be very black and white with teenagers.

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