They're not voting because...
- I am not voting because I am not allowed...
I am not voting because I am not allowed to vote. I am 16. I am allowed to get married, have children, play the lottery, get a job, but I'm not allowed to vote on any of the issues that affect me, my family or my fellow unable-to-vote-ers.written 26th Apr 2005
By the time I am 18, I'm sure I'll either have more to think about than which childish politician should run the country, or, unable to afford my university tuitition fees, spend election day on the till in Asda.
also unable to vote because of age replies: Dear 'unable to vote because of age'. There are other ways you can express your view politically without voting. Perhaps you could pursue joining a pressure group whose views you agree with. Or you could write to your mp on issues you are interested in, or to the minister of education about top-up fees, just because you can not vote at present does not mean you can not have your say.written 26th Apr 2005
On your attitude towards voting when you are 18, this seems to me perhaps a slightly immature attitude, and any MP thinking about supporting a bill to allow 16yr olds might be put off from supporting it after looking at your testimonial.
AA replies: Another way to get involved is to help educate your family and friends, who are of age to vote, so that they can make a valid decision on May 5th, and not screw up the vote that they are so lucky to have.written 27th Apr 2005
Tiger43 replies: Yes, 16 year olds can do practically anything they want in life, whether thats inside or outside the law, and should be grateful just for that. I think 18 is a good age to become eligable to vote, by then your head tends to be better screwed on and more able to function normally.written 27th Apr 2005
Max replies: Remember, that upto about 1960, males in this country had the privilege of three years of being killed or maimed on the battlefield before they could vote at 21.written 1st May 2005