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house Bill H.R. 1442

Should Young American Citizens Be Able to Pre-Register to Vote at 16?

Argument in favor

Pre-registering young people to vote will remove one of the barriers to their participating in elections. Given that youth ages 18-24 are 20 percent less likely than the general population to be registered to vote, this is a worthwhile cause.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/14/2019
I don’t see this as a partisan issue. I think it makes great sense. From 16-18 is the time when political ideologies are forming and we begin to question the world around us. We are also exposed to US and world history, philosophy, social sciences and hopefully geography and may be developing a geopolitical view of the world. I resent the comments about 16 year olds only being able to make sandwiches. Some people may raise their kids to be incompetent but I didn’t. At 16 they were in JROTC. At 16 I was already a copy editor for my high school newspaper, was actively protesting the Vietnam War and was working with the ERA movement. Being preregistered could get kids more involved in the political process and make more informed voters of them in the future. I’m very concerned about the literacy of those saying why let them vote at 16. They aren’t. They are preregistering for the vote at 18.
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IllWill's Opinion
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04/14/2019
Some people don’t seem to have very good reading comprehension. This legislation doesn’t actually allow 16 year olds to vote, it just allows them to pre-register to vote in preparation for them to vote when they turn 18. Getting teenagers involved in the political process before they’re able to vote is absolutely necessary in order for them to make informed votes as adults. Vote yes!
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Chris's Opinion
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04/14/2019
Better question: why would you NOT pre-register every citizen at 16?
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Argument opposed

Simply pre-registering young people to vote won’t necessarily lead to their participation in elections. It may not be worth the time, money, and effort that’d be spent on this bill if the young people who are pre-registered under this bill don’t actually cast ballots.

Colleen's Opinion
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04/14/2019
At 16 most 16 year olds can’t even make a sandwich. This is about getting them to pre register as democrats. It kills me how the democrats want to change voting laws that have been in effect for generations just to swing an election.
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Wayne 's Opinion
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04/14/2019
16 year olds today are not mature enough for that responsibility.
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KAG-2020's Opinion
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04/14/2019
NO!!! YET ANOTHER DNC SCAM! OPEN BORDERS + 16 Year OLD VOTERS + END ELECTORAL COLLEGE=. Destruction of USA. DNC is a Disgrace.
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    I don’t see this as a partisan issue. I think it makes great sense. From 16-18 is the time when political ideologies are forming and we begin to question the world around us. We are also exposed to US and world history, philosophy, social sciences and hopefully geography and may be developing a geopolitical view of the world. I resent the comments about 16 year olds only being able to make sandwiches. Some people may raise their kids to be incompetent but I didn’t. At 16 they were in JROTC. At 16 I was already a copy editor for my high school newspaper, was actively protesting the Vietnam War and was working with the ERA movement. Being preregistered could get kids more involved in the political process and make more informed voters of them in the future. I’m very concerned about the literacy of those saying why let them vote at 16. They aren’t. They are preregistering for the vote at 18.
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    At 16 most 16 year olds can’t even make a sandwich. This is about getting them to pre register as democrats. It kills me how the democrats want to change voting laws that have been in effect for generations just to swing an election.
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    Some people don’t seem to have very good reading comprehension. This legislation doesn’t actually allow 16 year olds to vote, it just allows them to pre-register to vote in preparation for them to vote when they turn 18. Getting teenagers involved in the political process before they’re able to vote is absolutely necessary in order for them to make informed votes as adults. Vote yes!
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    Better question: why would you NOT pre-register every citizen at 16?
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    16 year olds today are not mature enough for that responsibility.
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    NO!!! YET ANOTHER DNC SCAM! OPEN BORDERS + 16 Year OLD VOTERS + END ELECTORAL COLLEGE=. Destruction of USA. DNC is a Disgrace.
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    Pre registration is a fine way to encourage the civic participation of our young adults. I volunteered on my first campaign at 16. Kids are these days are smart and connected and they know a lot more about the world than most of us did at the same age. Kids are still kids, but good civic habits are best formed young.
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    Congress wasting time & our money. Dems are really desperate. We lowered the drinking age to 18 once and we all know what happened to that. Maybe we should raise voting to 21.
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    Anything to get Americans to vote is a great thing.
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    How many different ways is Countable going to pose this Dumb Question! Not No but Hell No! 16 is a Kid! A Minor Child! The Democrats are very Esperanto right now for anything! If it’s not giving illegals the right to vote then it praying on children! I was 16 once! What my life was then was Hot cars and Hot young chicks! Knowing where I could buy beer under age! And the drinking age was 18 in most states in the 70s. 18 is very questionable let alone 16! Those are babies! Lay the F- -k off our kids! It all starts with the teachers in the education system endoctrinating our young to be little mindless lefties! This has to stop!
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    Can’t legally drink a beer until 21, can’t fight for your country until 18, so why should people be able to vote at 16? Dumb idea!!
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    Being able to pre-register to vote doesn’t mean a person will be able to vote at 16 (I’ve been seeing a lot of people against it because they cannot tell the difference between “pre-registering” and “registering” to vote). Since I live in California, I’m already preregistered to vote. All it means is that once I turn 18 I don’t have to worry about being registered to vote in ALL local and federal elections. It just gives younger people the option of becoming registered to vote out of the way sooner and much easier because you’re normally allowed to do the forms when getting your drivers license (a 2-for-1). It is an easier to way to mobilize the young vote - I don’t see why anyone would be against it. AND ONCE AGAIN - NO ONE WILL BE VOTING AT THE AGE OF SIXTEEN.
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    Kids at age 16 still haven’t matured mentally and is a proven documented fact. This is sheer desperation on the Democrap side to boost their numbers proving they’re worried about losing in 2020. Please vote against this bill!!!
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    No way! 18 years old is not enough to vote. No life experience or wisdom. The voting age should be raised to 25 so that you have to be out of the college bubble and have some time in the real world. ...This is all just proof of how specious and meritless democrat party arguments are. They can’t construct a compelling argument to persuade adults so they have to import children they have brainwashed to “win” elections. So embarrassing!
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    Most adolescents at this age don’t have the maturity to make decisions on this scale. Brains are still developing until they are into their 20’s. 18 is plenty young enough. #MAGA
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    Absolutely not. Teenagers hardly even know what’s going on in the world. They’re more worried about girls or boys and they are about watching the news. With that being said even my own boys tell me that at 16 they were not educated enough to make a decision on who should lead our country. I am absolutely proud that they can tell me that instead of trying to check a box just because they could. However they can tell me every single person in the bands that they like to listen to. I feel like this is a democratic ploy so that they can get kids who are indoctrinated in schools to vote democratic. I have pulled my youngest ones out of public school simply because I was tired Of teachers pushing their values on my children. Even I give my children the ability and the information to choose. The schools they were going to were not.
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    No, they aren’t mature enough. We should raise it to 21 if we do anything. I am open to letting active duty 18 year olds voting because they are serving our country. 16 year olds have no clue about reality and live sheltered lives. Only a fool would want them to vote, because they aren’t taught to form independent opinions. * If you are for a 16 year olds voting ask yourself this question: Would you let a 16 year old decide what to do with your money? And trust them to spend it wisely?
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    Raise the voting age to 26. ObamaCare says kids can stay on the parents insurance until then because they are “children“. And we don’t need children voting do we?
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    Increasing voter participation is important for a democracy. It’s not a partisan issue, it’s a democracy issue. Stand up for democracy!
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    Absolutely they should preregister makes perfect sense.
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