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Change voting age to 16? Try 80!

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By Tom Purcell

San Francisco residents will vote on a measure in November to allow teenagers as young as 16 to vote in local elections.

That's according to The Hill, which also reports that in recent years, two women in Congress introduced measures to lower the voting age nationwide to 16.

One argument for doing so is that 16-year-olds are permitted to work and therefore must pay taxes ― but, unable to vote for political leaders, they have no representation regarding how their tax "contributions" are spent.

Another is that young people should be able to help shape the world that they will run in the not-so-distant future.

Those are fair points. My response: We should raise the voting age to 80.

Youthfulness is wonderful ― but not without its challenges where voting is concerned.

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