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  The age to vote shouldn't be lowered
Updated 14 October 2003, 09.35

Experts who advise the government on elections are collecting kids' comments on voting ages. Here's what Natasha thinks about it.

"I don't think the voting age should be lowered to 16.

Many do not know enough about politics to make informed and sensible choices about who to vote for.

Many people between the age of 16 and 18 are still in full time education and live at home with their parents; they are not independent adults.

Number 10
Number 10
Most people at the age of 16 do not pay taxes, own a house or drive a car.

Not interested

As so much of what the government does is focussed on the economy, taxation, and these aspects of adult life, I think it would not be relevant to give the vote to under 18s.

I think that many at 16 wouldn't be interested in voting and often find politics boring.

I realise that this problem should be tackled and that politics should be made more appealing to younger generations.

But I also feel that giving 16-year-olds the vote will not change the fact that less and less young adults are exercising their right to vote.

Patronising talk

Also, many politicians would take advantage of the younger voters and use patronising and persuasive methods to try and get them to vote for them.

This defeats the whole point of being able to make your own decision.

Explaining politics

Every other country in the EU has a voting age of 18, so why should we lower our voting age?

I think that until the government starts to explain politics to children, the age restriction should definitely stay the same."

Natasha, 15, Southampton

If you want to send a comment on voting age - use the link below and we will pass it on to the Electoral Commission. You have until 31 October 2003.

Why don't you write us a Press Pack report - and get it published on the site?!

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