Is your teen a voter?
Having voted for the first time, a 19 year-old wonders about the franchise age.
I couldn’t wait to reach an age where I was allowed to stand in that little booth and make my ‘X’ in the right box.

Politics was never something that was widely discussed in my family but I always knew it was important. I knew that voting was not something you could just let go by because you didn’t feel like it. I saw my parents go off and vote each voting year and I couldn’t wait to do the same. And who wouldn’t want to? As soon as I was done voting this week and I looked down at my now ink-stained thumb I felt a surge of political pride in my chest.

I realized that it’s more than just a piece of paper with a cross on it but a way of standing up and taking your place in your country. It’s a matter of pride and responsibility. BUT – is an 18 year old really responsible enough?

I am standing on the brink of adulthood at the tender young age of nearly 20 and I have only just gotten my chance to vote. I investigated as much as I could and I made what I believe is a mature, well thought through decision, but would your 18 year old do the same? Or would they just “make their mark” to get you off their case so that they can get back to chatting with their friends?

Having just been 18 years old myself, I don’t believe that 18 is old enough to vote. Most 18-year-olds are just finishing high school, focusing on the opposite sex and whether or not they can ‘pout’ a car out of mom and dad to bother too much about the political state of their country.

Having just stepped out of teenhood myself, I think I may just be right about this.

And from me to parents: it’s up to you to set either a good or bad example on voting day. More than likely – if you don’t care, neither will your teen.

Do you think 18 is the right age to vote? Do you encourage your teens to be interested in politics?

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