I'm gonna take my problem to the United NationI'm very pleased that 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote in the Scottish referendum in 2014. Most pleased because it might cause the same pressure in our own General Elections, tho I know this isn't automatic, given the Scottish and Welsh commiment to more proportional voting systems hasn't filtered down to UK Parliament.
Well I called my congressman and he said quote
"I'd like to help you son, but you're too young to vote"
I am not the most enamoured with Alex Salmond, and I'm sure this is a political calculation on his part rather than the whole hearted support of the extension of suffrage that I believe in down to 16 year olds. The case has been put well by Liberal Youth Scotland, amongst other people.
But to add to that, I'd like to say that the younger the voting age goes, the better (clearly up to a point, and I think 16 is a good age. Yes, older people vote more, and that is to the detriment of younger people who are not participating in making decisions that will affect them far longer, assuming they live longer. But with an aging population, it's more important than ever that the younger generation vote, and that more of them are able to do so.
I support Votes at 16.